When James Foster II decommitted from Missouri during the fall and Josh Heupel left his post as offensive coordinator to become UCF’s head coach, Barry Odom and his staff had to step back and reassess their recruiting board at QB. In December, they elected to go after former LSU quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. In late-January, after an official visit, he committed. On Wednesday, he officially signed.
Welcome @_lj18_ to the family! Already familiar with @SEC competition, Lindsey is sure to be a true leader of the #Mizzou Offense. Thank you for making #TheZou your home!#ShowMe18 #MIZ pic.twitter.com/bBDEZMbFMQ— ShowMe18 (@MizzouShowMe) February 7, 2018
The text of his statement at the time of his commitment:
I want to first thank God, who has created so many opportunities in my life. Who has given me a vision, that is both sound and pure. I would like to thank all of the Coaches who stuck with me throughout this process. A special thanks to Coach Lester, who has become a great friend to me and my family. I would like to thank Coach Beaty and Coach Meacham for investing time in me (Kansas). Thanks Coach Frank (UTSA) and Coach Odom (Southern U.), for making it clear that I always have a home.
There is a special school, and a special staff who has supported me, and never questioned the “fit”. Coach Fritz, Coach Ruse, Coach JJ, and the entire Tulane family, THANK YOU for opening your arms and welcoming me. You are the reason that this decision was so tough. I know that you are going to do great things this season. I am rooting for the Green Wave every week. God bless TU!
I would like to thank Coach Odom, Coach Dooley, Coach AJ, and Coach “Brick”, for sharing their vision for the University of Missouri. It is a vision that is similar to my own. I am accepting the challenge ahead, to share in the work of building something special. I am truly blessed to say that I have committed to the University of Missouri. Go Tigers #Mizzou
Scott is pretty much the only known QB left on Mizzou’s recruiting board. Obviously with Drew Lock returning for 2018, quarterback isn’t as much of a priority, but I believe Scott will have three years of eligibility remaining, so he could still, in theory, have two years to start after Lock departs.
The adage of “You want to sign a quarterback in every class” applies here, and Scott would certainly be an intriguing addition. A product of Zachary, La., he chose home-state LSU after also visiting Maryland, Rutgers, and Tulane. You can find his high school Hudl video here.
After a redshirt year, he transferred to East Mississippi CC, and in 2017 he completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,481 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 11 picks in 12 games. He got on a massive roll in October, going 92-for-136 (68 percent) for 12 TDs and three picks. He also rushed for 729 yards and six touchdowns in leading East Mississippi to the NCJAA title.
Scott appeared on Mizzou’s radar pretty late, but don’t think of him as a backup plan.
“I had multiple, multiple Power 5 offensive coordinators tell me that if Lindsey is 6-3, he’s the No. 1 recruit in the country,” said Brewerton, the head coach at Zachary High School near Baton Rouge, La., where Scott led his team to the Class 5A state championship in 2015. “That’s the only thing. If there’s at all one negative (about Scott), that’s the one.”
Considering the best quarterback in Mizzou history was barely 6’0, if at all, I think Tiger fans will be willing to overlook Scott’s height. Scott won big at both the high school and JUCO levels, and he was insanely productive at East Mississippi CC. He will compete with Micah Wilson and company to back Lock up in 2018, and he will theoretically take part in a pretty exciting QB battle in 2019.
WELCOME (officially), LINDSEY.