COLUMBUS, Ohio — Hubbard (OH) running back L.J. Scott committed to Michigan State on Thursday night per Bill Greene of Scout.com. Scott had been down to Ohio State and Michigan State for a while now, before finally pulling the trigger for the Spartans.
Four-Star Ohio Running Back L.J. Scott Spurns OSU for Michigan State
By Tony Gerdeman
Scott is ranked the #4 running back in the nation per the 247Sports Composite, which averages out the rankings of all four major recruiting services. He was a First-Team All-State honoree last season.
Scott rushed for 1,867 yards and 24 touchdowns a season ago. His backfield mate George Hill, who rushed for 1,175 yards and 15 touchdowns, happens to be a 2016 Ohio State commit.
It had taken a while for Scott to get an offer from OSU, which allowed Michigan State to build a strong relationship with him. Ohio State closed the gap, reportedly thanks to safeties coach Chris Ash's efforts. Ultimately, however, Scott's first choice has won out.
Scott's commitment might not be the only coveted Ohio player to leave the state this week. Cleveland Benedictine athlete Jerome Baker is making his decision Friday morning, and right now the reports have him choosing the University of Florida.
While losing out on Scott is a blow for Ohio State -- especially considering he is an in-state player going to a Big Ten school -- the Buckeyes still remain in a very good position with Damien Harris, the nation's #1 tailback.
Harris, out of Berea, Kentucky, has been Ohio State's #1 running back target throughout the 2015 recruiting cycle. His decision could come as early as a few weeks, or as long as a few months.
There is the thought that Harris's decision could be coming sooner, rather than later, however. Scott's commitment could very well be the first domino to fall. As it stands right now, Harris would likely end up being the only running back in Ohio State's recruiting class if he committed.
The Buckeyes are still in contact with several other tailbacks, such as Michael Weber out of Cass Tech in Detroit, but there would be no need for any other running backs if Harris was to come aboard. Weber, meanwhile, is very interested in Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin, but the Spartans may now be off the table for him moving forward.
Any way you look at it, business is certainly picking up around the Midwest, even if it isn't all good business for Ohio State.
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