LSU offers 2016 in-state quarterback

Will LSU finally have its quarterback?
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Ever since LSU unexpectedly lost 2016 quarterback prospect Feleipe Franks to Florida in December, the Tigers have been scrambling to find a signal-caller for this current class. 

Thus far, it’s been a struggle. 

Target Dwayne Haskins ultimately pledged to Ohio State. Other options — such as recent Temple commit Anthony Russo and Tulane transfer Tanner Lee — don’t appear as if they’ll work out, either. 

As such, the Tigers have pivoted and offered Zachary, La. quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. on Tuesday. 

Scott Jr. is a true dual-threat quarterback. At 6’0", 205 pounds, the 3-star led his high school team to a state title. He also was named as the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year — in large part due to the 61 total touchdowns and over 5,000 yards of total offense he accrued as a senior. 

Via a report from 247sports, it appears as if the one-time Syracuse pledge is intrigued with the possibility of staying close to home. 

"I asked him if he would seriously consider the offer and he said yes," said Scott Jr.’s father. "They want him to visit either this weekend or next."

Currently, Scott Jr. has trips set up to both Harvard and Rutgers. Maryland also appears to be heavily in the mix. 

The potential addition of Scott Jr. could be huge for LSU. For one, he’s a local kid. There’s less of a chance he’d transfer in the future due to this fact. Dually, he’s an exceptional talent both running and throwing the football. As dictated in recent years, having a quarterback with the capabilities of scrambling makes an offense much more dynamic and dangerous to defend against. 

Lastly, Scott Jr. would fit a big need from a depth standpoint. Due to his lower ranking, he also likely wouldn’t scare off any high-profile quarterbacks in the 2017 class.