July 2, 2013
Spartans looking at JUCO OT
Michigan State is looking at several potential junior college candidates for the class of 2014. One of the players who is getting a serious look is Justin Scott of Pierce Community College in California. SpartanMag.com was able to get the latest details on his recruitment.
Under Head Coach Mark Dantonio the Spartans have been very selective when it comes to junior college prospects. With that said, the players they have brought in have been key contributors like current senior offensive tackle Fou Fonoti. For 2014 the staff is looking to sign another offensive tackle that can step in an contribute right away. Scott is on the short list of prospects that the staff is actively recruiting. SpartanMag.om spoke with Scott and asked him about his recruitment.
SpartanMag.com: I know you already have multiple scholarship offers, can you tell us what schools have extended you a scholarship and what your your current height and weight is?
Scott: I am 6-foot-6, 286-pounds. Right now I have scholarship offers from West Virginia, Cincinnati, Washington State, Kansas, Wyoming and Portland State.
SpartanMag.com: I understand that Michigan State has been in contact with you can you tell me about the Spartans level of interest in you?
Scott: Yes I talk to Coach Staten from Michigan State a lot and got a chance to meet him during spring ball, but they have not offered me a scholarship yet. I heal lots of good things from Coach Staten, it seems as if he is really wants me to be a Spartan, but as you probably know it is not just up to him when to comes to deciding who gets offered.
SpartanMag.com: I understand you have some strong ties to the state of Michigan, can you tell me about that and your thoughts on Michigan State:
Scott: I really like Michigan State. I am a Detroit native, I grew up on the east side and I played at Detroit Southeastern High School. I played with Will Gholston for a year and a few of my high school coaches were Michigan State alumni. My family still resides in Detroit.
SpartanMag.com: Can you tell me about your current status as far as eligibility and what you are looking for in a school?
Scott: I will be a mid-year graduate and I will have 3 years to play 2. I am definitely going to look at the type of offense a team runs and the depth chart. I like getting out and getting on players in the next level, they need to feel it too. I definitely want to make sure I get good coaching because even with the best players you will not win without good coaching.
Scott has worked very hard the past few years to develop his skills and get himself the opportunity to play division 1 football. That hard worked has paid off and their is a solid chance that Scott may end up with an opportunity to play in the Big Ten close to his family and friends. The recent developments with offensive line recruiting make it very likely that the staff will bring in a JUCO prospect for 2014. Scott could very well have the inside track due to his ties to the Midwest and his understanding of the commitment it takes.
The graduation of Fonoti, Dan France and Blake Treadwell as well as the uncertain situation of Skyler Burkland means that a JUCO prospect is almost a necessity. Even programs like Alabama and USC routinely target a junior college prospects or two in every class. The fact that offensive tackle may be the toughest position to project down the road means that targeting players that have already proven the can be successful at a level much higher than high school makes a lot of sense.
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