4-Star OT returns back from Ole Miss

Blaine Scott out of Sciotoville, Ohio., took in an unofficial visit to Ole Miss over the weekend with his mother. He plans to return to the Oxford campus in April before deciding on May 5th? Are the Rebels in position to land the Scout 300 offensive lineman?

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Ole Miss started putting on the full court press in January. Scott took notice.

"Coach (Matt) Luke linked up with me," Scott said. "We started talking a lot. He told me how he wanted me to be a Rebel. I told him I would definitely come check out their campus before I made a decision so my mother and I spent the weekend in Oxford this past weekend."

The success that the Ole Miss offensive line coach, Matt Luke, has had with his position is what drew the initial interest. Now it goes much deeper.

"It really felt like home when I was on my visit over the weekend. I just loved everything about it. I really think coach (Hugh) Freeze is building a championship program. Their coaches are stockpiling a ton of talent. I got to see them (practice) while I was down there. I was amazed at all of the talent on their team. I think its up and coming program."

Blaine's mother also felt a good vibe.

"She loved it. She really felt the family atmosphere they bring. You know how moms are; they want to look at the campus and what they bring academically. She was amazed at the beauty of their campus. All of the flowers were blooming and the buildings are picturesque. Their campus is just amazing with a rich tradition in the athletic department and a great Engineering program."

What surprised the 6-foot-4, 295-pound offensive lineman the most about Ole Miss?

"I'm not too familiar with the South, but just seeing it for myself, it shocked me. All of the colleges talk about providing a family atmosphere but Ole Miss really does have it. There were wives and kids running around everywhere at their practice facility. The players and coaches are so close at Ole Miss. They have this place called the Square in Oxford where most of their business and eating places are located. You can definitely tell that everyone in the community is invested into their program. That's all everyone was talking about. Flags are hanging everywhere and it's not even football season. It's crazy how into Ole Miss their community is down there. It's like something out of a movie."

The No. 27 ranked offensive tackle is focusing on the football program and Engineering programs at each school, including Ole Miss.

"Wherever I go I'm hoping to help build them into a championship program. I'll come in there and fight as hard as I can for a starting spot, but more importantly, I just want to make their team better. One of the things that stands out about Ole Miss is coach Luke's ability to get his players into the NFL. He's coached players like Laremy Tunsil and Laken Tomlinson. I've seen what he can do with the best high school players in Laremy Tunsil and Greg Little. He gets them prepared for the NFL. That's always been a dream of mine. I just think coach Luke is one of the best in the business. Regardless if I make it to the league or not I want to get a great Engineering degree. Football only lasts so long so I need to prepare for life after football as well when I'm in college."

A decision will be made on his birthday, May 5th. Who are the main colleges in the picture?

"I've been to Kentucky, Illinois and Ole Miss recently. This weekend I'm going to Rutgers. I'm going to return to Ole Miss with my father in April before I decide. I'm also going to trip to Duke and Arkansas in April and then I'll make my decision."

Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com

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