July 26, 2011

Scott drawing early interest

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Around Ohio there are a few class of 2014 products that are already beginning to make some noise. Among that group is Marion (Ohio) Harding running back L.J. Scott. The 6-foot, 215-pound prospect started both ways as a freshman for Harding this past fall and rushed for over 700 yards and eight touchdowns. Scott hasn't stopped there, however, as he has been impressive all summer at camps and 7-on-7's and colleges are taking notice.

"During the school year, Bowling Green and Cincinnati came to the school," he said. "I've got some e-mails and the coaches say they can't really get into things too much yet and they want to see me at camps. I went to camps at Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Ohio State, and Ashland some other schools invited me as well but those are the only ones that I went to."

Though Scott has a lot of time to check out colleges, there is one school that he grew up following and they are an early favorite.

"Oh Ohio State definitely," he said. "They have a lot of traditions that I like. I like the 'Hells Bells', hearing that on third downs, and just the Horseshoe is a great atmosphere, I've been there a lot of times. I like the coaches. I love(d) Jim Tressel, I (was always) a diehard fan of Jim Tressel. It just seems like a lot of the guys that come out of Ohio State do big things and go to the NFL and are well known."

A big, powerful back, Scott says he grew up watching many of the Ohio State power backs that have come through the program over the years.

"Eddie George is my favorite," he said. "I wasn't in his time period or whatever but I look at old films and I like the way he runs. He's a smash-mouth back and I like that. I like a lot of contact."

Scott showed off his talents at Canton McKinley High School on Saturday at a 7-on-7 tournament and is hoping to carry the momentum from his freshman year towards a big sophomore season.

"I was actually the first freshman in Marion-Harding history to start on both sides of the ball," he said. "I started at tailback and linebacker. I actually have a big goal for myself. I want to shoot for 2,000 yards this year. I feel like I'm capable of it and that we have the right coaching and play calling that I can do it. Overall as a team player, I want to get my team to week 15 to play for the state championship."


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