One of the most highly recruiting football players in the area for more than a decade, Hubbard's L.J. Scott, has finally decided to become a Spartan.
Eagle coach Brian Hoffman confirmed via text message that Scott, a four-star recruit on both Rivals.com and Scouts.com, has committed to play his collegiate football at Michigan State starting fall 2015. The senior running back also confirmed his choice via his Twitter account.
"MSU committ!!! Happy with my decision really don't care what ppl think this about me!! Time to grind!" Scott tweeted.
Tribune Chronicle file photo / R. Michael Semple’
Hubbard’s L.J. Scott slips the tackle of Aurora’s Justin Wazbinski and rushes into the end zone for an early touchdown during this Nov. 15, 2013 playoff game in Austintown. Scott verbally committed to Michigan State Thursday.
Scout.com's Bill Greene first reported the decision late Thursday evening.
A senior at Hubbard High School, Scott has excelled at running back and has made an impact since his freshman season, averaging 9 yards per carry and accumulating 4,657 yards and 60 touchdowns on the ground so far in his high school career. As a junior, the 6-foot, 205-pound back carried the ball 218 times for nearly 1,867 yards and 24 touchdowns, one year after going for 1,614 yards on 168 attempts and scoring 23 touchdowns.
Scott has played a key role in Hubbard's back-to-back state playoff berths, which included a run to the Division III reigonal final game last season - a 40-7 loss to eventual Division III state champion Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary.
The success caused plenty of interest from college programs, as Scott received scholarship offers from schools like Alabama, Auburn, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio State and Michigan State, among others. The final two schools seemed to be Ohio State and Michigan State, with the reigning Big Ten champion winning Scott's verbal commitment.
Scott is the eighth player in the recruiting Class of 2015 to verbally commit to Michigan State and is the highest-rated recruit in the class so far. According to Rivals, he is the sixth-best running back for his year and the third-best prospect in Ohio, while Scout has rated him the ninth-best running back in the nation.