Breaking down how Lindsey Scott fits at Syracuse

Lindsey Scott is a versatile athlete with a plethora of desired skills. How does the three-star quarterback fit with Syracuse? We break down the new Orange pledge inside.

Committed Over: Zachary (La.) High quarterback Lindsey Scott committed to Syracuse over Air Force, Army, Navy, Arkansas State, Colgate Harvard, New Mexico State and Louisiana-Monroe. 

Rated: Scott is currently rated a three-star quarterback by Scout.com.

On Film: Scott's athleticism immediately jumps out when watching him on tape. He moves his feet well, shows poise and balance in the pocket, has the speed and elusiveness to extend plays or scramble for yards, and has the arm strength to make all of the throws. 

Scott shows a natural ability to make plays and keeps his eyes downfield when he breaks the pocket to avoid the rush. He shows solid accuracy and touch on his passes. 

The next step in Scott's progression as he gears up for life in the ACC is to develop his ability to read defenses. It is difficult to tell how much of that he does at the high school level on his highlight tape. But his skill set should allow him to develop well within Tim Lester's offense. He is skilled enough to run the triple option, zone-read as well as make the throws off of play action. 

When you look at Scott's footwork and mobility, he shows his strengths as a strong athlete. His skills, speed and size give him versatility as a prospect. Showing the ability to make plays with the ball in his hands, Scott could transition into an h-back if Syracuse so desired. His size also could allow him to become a bigger corner or even a safety. 

Recruiting Impact: Syracuse does not dip into Louisiana often and do not expect this to become a trend. In fact, Scott is the first player from the state to choose the Orange in the Scout era (2002-present). Scott takes the second quarterback slot off the table for Syracuse, meaning players such as Zack WeatherlyDavid Moore and others do not currently have committable offers. That is normal when slots fill up. 

Scott's pledge allows Syracuse to focus on other positions, such as defensive back, defensive line, running back and linebacker. He also marks the second consecutive cycle that Syracuse started looking for a quarterback late and was able to find the top signal caller in a state that is not a traditional recruiting pipeline. In 2015, it was Eric Dungey, the top quarterback in Oregon. This cycle, Scott fits the bill. 

Scott is, by all accounts, a good kid with an infectious personality. Someone that players gravitate towards. That can only help the Orange as Scott tries to help them on the recruiting trail. He will not likely have a big impact within his state, as Syracuse will not hit up Louisiana hard. However, he can reach out to players such as Amir WattsKentrail Moran and others to help sell them on his future home.

Quotable: "In terms of academics, that always comes first. It's a great institution, near Ivy League. They've been playing good football lately too and I can see myself fitting in well there." - Scott

Final Thought: Scott is a nice find for Syracuse, especially being in a non-traditional recruiting area. What the future holds for Scott with the Orange is unclear. He could stick at quarterback or decide to switch positions in order to see the field in a more meaningful capacity. Regardless, anytime you can add a versatily athlete to your roster, it is a positive accomplishment for the coaching staff. This is a recruiting win for Syracuse.


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