The U.S. Army Junior Combine in San Antonio, Tex., earlier this month was loaded at the running back position, making Marion (Ohio) Harding's L.J. Scott's first team performance that much more impressive.
College programs across the Midwest were already familiar with the 5-foot-10, 210-pound Scott before he stood out on the national stage. Several have been by his school this winter.
"Michigan State stopped by this week," Scott said. "The offensive coordinator was in and he was saying Le'Veon Bell was leaving and they have another running back who is more like a Darren Sproles type. He said if they don't get one in 2013, they are definitely looking for a couple in 2014 and I was pretty high on their list of running backs. That was real good to here."
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Duke and Rutgers are two more schools that called Scott's head coach, requesting transcripts and gathering background information on the junior back. Earlier this winter, Scott saw coaches from both Michigan and Ohio State in his school.
"Tim Hinton from Ohio State stopped by," Scott said. "The Buckeyes are really interested in me, and growing up in Ohio I am really interested in them. Stan Drayton, every time I go up there me and him have really good talks. I went up for the Michigan game and they had us in the locker room.
"They have offered 2014 running backs, but whether those running backs will commit to them they are not sure. They still recruit me pretty hard and I get emails from them all the time."
Scott attended Michigan's camp this past summer, and received strong feedback from the Wolverine's coaches then. In the time since, Scott has come to grow fond of the Michigan program.
"I don't know what it is about the whole atmosphere at Michigan, but I fell in love with it," Scott said. "They are really high up on my list of where I might end up going because of the type of offense Brady Hoke is bringing back. The true Power-I is just about any running back's dream to be in.
"When I was up at the camp, the running backs coach was really impressed with what I was doing. He pulled us over and was basically saying in 2014 this could be our guy. That felt good to hear."
The communication between Scott and Michigan has been consistent since that summer camp appearance, and included a visit to his school from one of the coaches earlier this winter.
"The offensive coordinator from Michigan stopped by and gave me some updates about what they are trying to do," Scott said. "They are after Derrick Green right now so if they get him they are not sure about 2014. If they do not get him, they are definitely taking two from 2014."
Scott plans to visit each of Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State for junior days or unofficial visits in the coming months. He also has been hearing steadily from West Virginia and wants to get down to Morgantown to visit the Mountaineers.
Offers from Indiana and Kent State kicked off the recruiting process for Scott.