Film Study: L.J. Scott

We take a look at the newest Michigan State commit, Hubbard (Ohio) running back L.J. Scott.

When Michigan State picked up a commitment on Thursday night from Hubbard (Ohio) running back L.J. Scott, it was a big moment for a lot of reasons.

The Spartans beat out Ohio State, Alabama and more for his services, which is important in continuing upward momentum. But, on the field, Scott gives the Spartans just as much to be excited about.

We take a look at Scott’s film and break down his game:

The good: Scott is a perfect fit for Michigan State at running back. He brings an ideal combination of power running, with speed, size and agility to match.

His film truly looks like a man playing with a bunch of boys on the field.

He bounces off tackles and uses a spin move often and well. He also flashes the ability to make a quick cut and hit the hole hard to break away. One of his biggest strengths is his balance as he runs. It allows him to break tackles and makes shiftier moves.

Scott is a very tough runner to bring down and is rarely brought down by first contact. Once he is brought down, he generally falls forward for more yardage as a result of being a bulldozer and finding extra yards.

At 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, Scott still shows the speed to outrun defenders downfield at the high school level once he gets the window to break open.

The bad: The Le’Veon Bell comparisons are warranted, naturally, but Bell was used often as a fifth receiver in his sophomore year. As for Scott, there is not much showing what he can do in the passing game for Hubbard. Likewise, as is the case with any high school running back film, it is impossible to tell how willing and talented he is when it comes to blocking.

Blocking is the biggest learning curve for any running back entering college, so how Scott adapts and picks up blocking schemes will dictate his early impact.

There are some plays on his highlights where he carries the ball away from his body, generally as he looks to make a cut.


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