Ohio's Top Running Back Loves Ohio State

By John Brandon on March 28, 2014 at 2:55p
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Larry Scott, the top running back in Ohio for 2015, finally picked up a coveted Buckeye offer a few weeks ago. He had been considered a Michigan State lean, but after a recent visit to Ohio State, Scott says he has no leader. In fact, as Birm wrote last week, a source close to the situation says Ohio State is actually now the leader for Scott.

Scott told 11W the weekend visit "went well, I liked it a lot. Just kind of took everything in, that type of deal." He liked it so much, in fact, when asked about his favorite part of the trip he replied "everything." He did add that the intensity at practice was impressive.

Ohio State had been holding out on offering him for a while, though not for a lack of talent. Scott is one of the best running backs in the entire country, and now that he's gotten his academics straightened out he's being chased by some of the top programs in the country. Ohio State, Alabama and Auburn have offered him in the past month alone.

 

Those three schools, along with Michigan State, are the ones Scott is most interested in. That being said, he has no intentions of committing any time soon. He will likely visit, Alabama, Auburn and other schools that offer him before he makes any decision.

Scott checked out Ohio State
Scott enjoyed Ohio State visit, next up is a return trip to East Lansing.

As for where things stand between Scott and Ohio State, things are looking good. The staff loves Scott as a player and told him he could be "like Carlos Hyde" in the Buckeye offense. That certainly got Scott's attention, and will serve as motivation for the other thing Meyer told him - keep your grades up.

Up next for LJ is a visit to Michigan State this weekend, as the Spartans will hope to match Ohio State's intensity. The visit to East Lansing will be Scott's third - he visited for a game in September and visited again in early February.

Looking ahead, Scott's recruitment is shaping up to be an Ohio State-Michigan State battle, but that could change if he makes the trip down to Alabama and Auburn. Both of those teams track records of putting running backs in the NFL is phenomenal.

However, Meyer's got his own track record now with El Guapo. It's already starting to pay huge dividends on the recruiting trail with guys like Damien Harris and Larry Scott.

Stay tuned, Scott's recruitment is just getting started and things are about to really pick up for the star from Hubbard.

 

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johnny11's picture

Since it doesn't look like Patrick is going to be a real option until we can him back up here for a visit I would really like this kid to be our power back for the class. He has great feet, good vision, good pad level at contact, and really put the effort into getting extra yards.

AlwayzABuckeye614's picture

So who would Ohio State rather have for 2015, Larry Scott or Damien Harris?

Im assuming both wouldn't come here.

 

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

I think that's an incorrect assumption. Those two are not canceling the other out.

Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

Im going to be one pissed puppy if we lose out on Scott to *ichigan or *ichigan st. Urban is really towing a fine line by taking his precious little time offering the top in state talent. I know we are in on quite a few top rated CBs but it really irks the shit out of me to see *ichigan get 2 of the best right out of Ohio just because they offered first and treated the kids like their top priority Tyree Kinnel(From Braxs HS) and Shaun Crawford(St. Eds) are 2 of the top talents at CB not only in the state but the entire Nation. Its hard to question when you pass on a couple of top 20 in state CBs only to sign a couple of top 10 National guys,but when you start striking out on those top National kids and the in state quality kids are committed to rival schools you get stuck sitting there with egg on your face. Im really using this situation as an example of just a couple scenarios that have really grinded my gears.I'll admit Im a mad hatter about us not rolling out the red carpet for Wimbush and Fitzpatrick,and will raise hell when they commit to PSU and sec schools.Rant over, lets all let young Larry know that he can follow in legends foot steps here at tOSU.

I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to yall.~~Lil Wayne

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Nick's picture

You should relax and just enjoy the top 5 class after top 5 class, there are plenty things in life to worry about, high school recruits isn't one of them.

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Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

Yea I dont lose any sleep over recruiting like some people. Being involved in Ohio HS football for over a couple of decades though does have me questioning some of the recent moves by our current staff. Just voicing a opinion on a message board is all. I imagine there will be a lot more fans chatting about some of these type of situations once a few of these Ohio kids go to rival schools and turn out to be super stars. Its hard to complain about a kid going somewhere else that is a diamond in the rough,but its a whole other scenario when you are passing on and slow playing some of the best talent in Ohio.

I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to yall.~~Lil Wayne

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moopdawg's picture

I agree, bro.  I wish the staff would offer the best Ohio kids a lot sooner.  To me, it's about showing respect to your home state.  In return, those Ohio kids will leave it all on the field every time they suit up to represent for their state university.

I feel the same way about basketball recruiting too.

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Jeremypreemo81's picture

Colerain I also agree.  If the staff wants to get the best players possible to play at OSU from all over...if that's the case I'm on board w/that but the state of Ohio has some of the best fball players in the country. The slow playing these kids will come back to bite us in the a$$. It will probably take a Nick Connor, Larry Scott, CJ Conrad to go to MSU, Wisconsin or another B1G school and become an All American and kick our butts for the staff to realize we got damn good talent in OUR own state.  

(See Chris Borland, J Ringer, Kurtis Drummond ...) 

bleedscarlet's picture

I couldn't agree more, Colerain.

I'm too drunk to taste this chicken

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cinserious's picture

If Larry Scott didn't have the grades, why offer? Just to beat -Ichigan to the punch? We are looking good with Damian Harris and Jerome Baker, who can play RB or LB. I'm really glad we did offer Scott and his grades are in order. I would LOVE to land any combination of the 3!

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

Thats a cop out. How can *ichigan offer him with those bad grades but we couldnt have? Shouldnt we have been in on the situation close enough to know that he was going to have things in order? Its becoming a habit of this staff to slow play top Ohio HS talent. We were hoping for bigger and better things and I think the top sec offers put a little heat on our ability to slow play him.Baker is great and by the end of their careers I think Baker could be the better RB but I also think Baker will wind up playing LB here and Larry is a super talent that is strictly a RB.

I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to yall.~~Lil Wayne

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BengalErnst's picture

Bring in all three. Baker as a LB and the other two as our RBs. We lost two last year and will lose another this year after Rod graduates without bringing one in last year. And I don't care where Samuel is listed. He's not a RB.

Nicholas l Ernst

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Baker is going to be a LB at Ohio State, at least initially.

HilltopHustle's picture

No doubt about that.

osuisnumber1's picture

If he can be compared to Hyde he has to be good. 

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

The Commissioner of the Pac12 enjoyed his visit to OSU?

Impressive skills, hope he stays close to his family, keeps his academics up and helps the bucks dominate our conference and make it to the playoffs every season.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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buckskin's picture

This is great news. Bama AND Auburn offering tells me that Saban isn't just playing head games with Meyer, Scott is the real deal. Lets get him, Harris, and Baker, now that would be a hell of a trio.

buckeyehub's picture

Not to mention the guys we have in the backfield and slot right now... The power and speed we would have...

“Anyone can run the option. I can run the option.” - Urban Meyer
Let's beat the snot out of *ichigan.

John Brandon's picture

Imagine teams having to prepare for Harris, Scott, Curtis Samuel and the other slot guys a couple years down the road. It's an incredible stable of backs with a variety of strengths

buckskin's picture

Agree with Colerain that Meyer is a little slow on the Ohio guys. He's still getting the pick of the litter for the most part, but I'm a little concerned he'll miss on guys that end up dominating elsewhere, like Conrad. There is just something extra these in state guys understand about being a Buckeye that is hard to teach out of staters.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Getting jacked up already and it's only March - I will be a basket case by August. 

Anyone buying a round?

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bigbadbuck's picture

I'll buy you the whole damn bottle Linga, It wont be long before we have our latest bunch of jumpers.......

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Seattle Linga's picture

Thanks BBD - I'll digress now.........

Buckeyeplumber's picture

It was Michigan State he was leaning toward before the OSU visit not scum

BuckeyeRealist13's picture

Birm - If Jerome Baker were strictly a running back, would Larry Scott still be the top ranked RB in the state? 

I've spent time in the South, I don't care what anybody says they don't have the passion for football that us Ohioans have. 

John Brandon's picture

Think it would be close, Baker is technically ranked higher overall, but there is some added value due to his versatility.

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

If Jerome Baker were strictly a running back he'd be the best running back in the state, in my opinion. He's the total package.

HeuermanTheFireman's picture

I think it is important to note that Kurtis Drummond- Michigan St. CB was a 2010 graduate of Hubbard. I played against him in middle school and high school.

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