Running back is the state of Ohio's deepest position in the 2015 class, and arguably the state's best at the position is 6-foot-1, 215-pound Larry Scott of Hubbard.
Early offers have come in from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Michigan State, Tennessee, West Virginia and Bowling Green. Scott has already identified three schools that stand out to him early in the process.
"I have a top of Ohio State, Michigan State and West Virginia," Scott said.
Ohio State is the only one of those three that has not offered. He had hoped to camp with the Buckeyes this summer, but was unable to make the trip. Contact with their coaching staff has been on-going since his sophomore year, though. [rl]
"Ohio State was actually my favorite college team growing up," Scott said. "We'll just see if they offer me.
"I have a relationship with Ed Warinner. I used to call him often during the school year, and Urban Meyer came up to the school. I would love to get out there for a game. I actually went to the Ohio State-Michigan game last year, and the atmosphere down there is ridiculous."
Scott plans to return to Columbus to see an Ohio State game again this fall. He also would like to make it out to East Lansing this fall.
"I want to get to one of Michigan State's game," Scott said. "I would like to get to Michigan State vs. Michigan [Nov. 2], so hopefully I can do that."
Hubbard High sent Kurtis Drummond to Michigan State in the 2010 class, and Drummond has advised Scott on how to prepare to become a Division I athlete.
"He definitely said to get in the weight room as much as I can," Scott said. "He said he wished he could have gone back and been in the weight room when coaches told him because it would have been much easier."
Scott was able to make it out to West Virginia this summer. He traveled to Morgantown with teammate Matthew Jones, who also holds an offer from the Mountaineers.
"It was really, really nice," Scott said of West Virginia. "They are getting new turf, a new weight room and brand new facilities. When I stood on the 50, my vibe started kicking real bad. I could just imagine myself out there."
The only camp Scott attended this summer was on at Youngstown State with his team. He has worked with a speed training coach this off-season, and said he dropped his 40-yard dash down from 4.6 to 4.4. He still values the physical nature of his running style, though, and looks to Trent Richardson at the Cleveland Browns as a role model.
"What I like about Trent Richardson is he is a hard-running back," Scott said. "He is just a hard working back and runs hard every play."
This fall Scott will look to improve upon a sophomore campaign in which he rushed for 1,600 yards and 27 touchdowns.