COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State has extended a scholarship offer to 2015 four-star running back L.J. Scott, per Rivals' Marc Givler.
In-State Running Back L.J. Scott Gets Buckeye Offer
By Tony Gerdeman
Scott (6-1 217) was a First-Team Division III All-State performer for Hubbard (OH) High School last season after rushing for 1,681 yards and 21 touchdowns.
It has been a busy few weeks for Scott, as he has recently added offers from Alabama and Auburn. He also holds offers from Michigan State, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky.
The offer came as a bit of a surprise as it seemed Ohio State was intent to wait a bit longer on Scott. Perhaps the offer happening now was a response to the SEC offers as well as Scott's rising interest in Michigan State.
Ohio State's perceived slowness in offering belies Scott's rankings among the recruiting services. He is a consensus four-star tailback, and Rivals ranks him their #5 running back in the entire 2015 class.
ESPN and 247Sports both rank him as their #12 tailback, and Scout lists him as the #9 running back in the nation.
He is arguably the top running back in Ohio, and certainly the most decorated in terms of offers. He also compares favorably to the top running backs in the state over the last few years according to John McCallister of the McCallister Scouting Report.
"L.J. Scott is a good player," McCallister said. "He's big, he's strong, he's fast. He's started since he was a freshman. He's just a very good player. He's in that group of top Ohio running backs of the last few years. He's played a long time, he's good."
As McCallister mentioned, Scott has started for Hubbard since his freshman season, when he rushed for 1,176 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 8.9 yards per carry. In fact, in the very first quarter of his very first varsity game he went 83 yards against Poland for a touchdown. He finished that game with eight carries for 122 yards.
In 10 games as a freshman, Scott rushed for over 100 yards in seven games, including outings of 189, 196 and 192 yards.
He was named Special Mention All-Ohio as a sophomore in 2012 after rushing for 1,614 yards and 23 touchdowns. He averaged an impressive 9.6 yards per carry as well.
He kicked off that sophomore season in perfect fashion, rushing for 201 yards on five carries in a 56-0 win over Collinwood. Each of his five carries went for touchdowns. It would be the first of four 200-yard rushing games on the season.
In his senior season, he once again shined in the opener, rushing for 326 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-12 win over Lakeview. Two months later he would better that number by rushing for 355 yards in a 70-42 win over Northwest.
For his career, Scott has rushed for 4,471 yards and 57 touchdowns in his first three seasons. He has averaged 9.4 yards per carry.
What does this offer mean for Scott personally? It's probably pretty significant.
Following his earning of a Player of the Week award as a freshman in 2011, he told the Warren Tribune-Chronicle, "After high school, I want to go to Ohio State and play football there."
Obviously, plenty can change in the four years between a freshman season and a senior season, so while the Buckeyes might be an assumed favorite, it's probably too early to call them a lock.
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