Down to a final four

Jonesboro Hodge (La.) running back Charles Scott (6-0, 220, 4.5) is one of the premiere backs in the country for 2006.

There are some talented running backs on LSU's board but it would be hard to find one that has the complete package as Scott does. He has the power and strength to pound the ball between the tackles but give him a crease to the outside and he can take it the distance in the bat of an eye.

Scott said he is up to 17 offers but he has narrowed his list down to a final four.

"It's LSU, Oklahoma, USC and Alabama," he said.

Scott has taken unofficial visits to Oklahoma (camp) and Alabama thus far this summer and he plans on camping at LSU in July. Two weeks ago he was in Norman to check out the Sooners and when he sat back and looked at everything OU had to offer it came up a little short to the home state school.

"It was ok," Scott said of his trip to Oklahoma. "It was kind of a little small town feeling which I liked but it didn't compare to LSU."

Scott grew up a Tiger fan and has been to LSU several times so he is looking to see how his other three finalists measure up to the Tigers.

What does he see when he looks at the Sooners, Trojans and the Crimson Tide?

Oklahoma-- "It's just the overall environment and the program in general. I like the way they use their running backs and I could play early if I went there because after this year they only have two running backs." USC-- "Really it's just because they're USC. They come out every year and put up big numbers." Alabama-- "It's just something about that place. They have so much tradition and I guess with them it's really just Bama football that I like." And the Tigers?

"The facilities," said Scott. "With LSU it's just incredible what they have. The other facilities were good but it's not LSU. Then the overall environment is awesome. I love it. That's why they're No. 1 on my list."

Getting the opportunity to play early in his college career is something that is important to the bayou runner.

LSU running backs coach Larry Porter and offensive line coach Stacy Searels spoke to Scott last week and they told him he would have that chance at LSU.

"They say if I come in right away and do my job then I'll see the field," Scott said. "I know they have some good running back depth but that competition makes you better. With LSU they always have good running backs but they somehow find a way to get them all involved in some capacity."

LSU is sitting pretty with the blue-chip back but before he makes a decision regarding his future he wants to take at least one more visit.

"I'll definitely take an official visit to USC but I'm not sure about the others since I've already been there," he said. "After I get back from USC I'll probably go ahead and make my decision.

By the numbers: (Jr.) 213 carries for 1673 yards and 18 touchdowns/3.7 GPA/21 ACT.

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