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Lindsey Scott Jr., brings exciting possibilities at quarterback

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Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

The first thing I liked reading about Lindsey Scott Jr., quarterback of national-champion East Mississippi Community College, was his height.

He’s listed at 5-foot-11, which means schools that can afford to be picky about such things decided not to recruit him for fear he would have trouble seeing over offensive linemen.

The smaller the pool of interested schools, the better shot Kansas has of landing him.

Mark Mangino had two terrific quarterbacks at Kansas and both could play in 6-foot-and-under basketball leagues without cheating by bending their knees at the official measurement, a tactic that allowed our 6-2 center Joe Trivisonno to play on the Marquette 1978 intramural champions, “The Eraserheads.”

Back to Mangino’s two best quarterbacks.

Bill Whittemore was listed at 6-0, Todd Reesing at 5-11. KU beat out New Mexico to land Whittemore, Duke and Kansas State to land Reesing.

Underdogs can’t get hung up on physical prototypes or they’ll end up with a roster full of players who look good coming off the bus, warming up and posing for photographs for the media guide, but can’t play a lick.

Whittemore played in the Tangerine Bowl, which interestingly was played in a stadium called the Citrus Bowl.

Reesing led KU to victory in the Orange Bowl and the Insight Bowl.

Jason Swanson, listed at 6-foot, led KU to victory in the Fort Worth Bowl.

The next thing to like about Scott is that he has only burned one year of eligibility and will have three remaining seasons after selecting a school from among Kansas, Texas-San Antonio, Tulane and Western Michigan. He red-shirted during his one year at LSU.

My guess is that Scott has thick skin because he excelled under EMCC coach Buddy Stephens the central figure in the popular Netflix series that followed two Lions seasons.

Stephens is a yeller and a screamer, a cusser and a fusser, despite trying to tame his act in Season 2.

Scott’s dual-threat capabilities count as another plus.

If KU can land Scott and Clayton Tune, who intends to graduate early and participate in spring football drills, David Beaty would have four quarterbacks, including holdovers Peyton Bender and Carter Stanley, competing for the starting job heading into spring football.

That’s a good thing, as long as Beaty names a starter by the end of spring football.

Tune originally made a verbal commitment to Kansas, then opened up his recruitment the night KU produced 21 yards in total offense in a 43-0 loss at TCU. He verbally recommitted to Kansas last week, but doubts arose to the strength of that commitment when he tweeted on Thursday: “Thankful to have received a scholarship offer from Ole Miss!”

Kansas had been recruiting dual-threat QB Victor Viramontes, but he committed to Minnesota.

Comments

Andy Craig 1 week ago

Did you just write an article not calling for Beaty to be fired? Shocked.

Dirk Medema 6 days, 16 hours ago

TK does nicely point out what some of us pointed out about the distinction between the Beatty JC recruits and those by Weiss: he comes with 3 years of eligibility and maybe for the Spring semester as well. No more guessing whether they'll arrive by Fall Camp or missing out all together.

Bryson Stricker 1 week ago

GREAT ARTICLE TOM. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A KUSPORTS HOUR BEFORE DEC 20 AND THEN ONE AFTER DEC 20 TALKING ABOUT RECRUITING BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE THE KUSPORTS.COM DOESN'T FOCUS ON THAT AS MUCH.

Tom Keegan 1 week ago

Great idea, Bryson. Thanks for the suggestion. We'll make it happen.

Bryson Stricker 1 week ago

I <3 you Tom. Thanks for a non-Beaty article. We've needed this.

Brett McCabe 1 week ago

Beaty should be fired. As should Zenger. So that you don't forget.

John Fitzgerald 1 week ago

Is this a different JUCO QB that Beaty offered? I remember there was one a few weeks back that Minnesota offered too.

Tom Keegan 1 week ago

He committed to Minnesota. I'll add that to the blog. Thanks.

John Fitzgerald 1 week ago

Ok, good deal. It seems this guy actually runs the right type of offense. The other guy was a head scratcher.

Andy Tweedy 1 week ago

Football recruiting sucks! Verbal commitments mean absolutely nothing...I only read this article because I chuckled when I saw the headline and thought about all the exciting possibilities Dayne Crist, Jake Heaps, Peyton Bender, etc, etc have brought us over the last 10 years. Man, I sure do miss winning!!!

Kevin Robert Fest 1 week ago

We all heard the same thing about Bender last year, let's just wait to see if he signs and if he plays how he fairs against Big 12 competition. There have been countless JUCOS who Beaty talked up and slobbered over then when the games start its much ado about nothing. Im tired of it. Just wait and see.

Dirk Medema 6 days, 16 hours ago

Different story line about Bender (veteran of the spread system, really quick release). Same as previous JC transfers and didn't workout, but not this storyline.

Chandler Accipiter 1 week ago

Scott won the championship, but KU should have been on the QB of Arizona Western, Bryce Perkins. It looks like he committed to Virginia this week. Probably a better deal for him anyway.

Speaking of overlooked QB's from AZ, the coaching staff should definitely look into Brock Purdy from Perry High. The kid's numbers are ridiculous, Purdy had 7,738 yards passing with 99 TDs in his final two years, and he is still waiting for a Power 5 offer. Please pass this along to the KU coaches!

Kevin Robert Fest 1 week ago

If people on this board have to point out recruits for the coaches we need new coaches then lol. Im sure that they have heard about him.

Titus Canby 1 week ago

Heck with Brock Purdy. How about Brock Berglund?

Cory McCart 1 week ago

miss him so much! (i actually googled him last week to see how that situation ended up...)

Dirk Medema 6 days, 16 hours ago

Brock Berglund, formerly of Valor Christian, has surfaced yet again in college football, this time in Canada. According to James Colzie III, the new coach at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Berglund, a former star quarterback for the Eagles in Highlands Ranch, has joined the school.

http://blogs.denverpost.com/preps/2016/04/07/brock-berglund-resurfaces-fifth-college-now-smu-nova-scotia/19634/

Michael Bowden 1 week ago

I wonder if Stevens would ever step up to DI and contemplate KU, he would be better than Beaty.

Dirk Medema 6 days, 16 hours ago

That was my thought too. He was supposed to be a good athlete, so unless he was committed to QB (not optimistic if he can't make it with us) there should be a spot on the team somewhere for him.

Edward Daub 1 week ago

KU really needs to recruit a triple-threat QB. A QB that can Run and Pass and Run for his Life (as required).

Kevin Robert Fest 1 week ago

Here's an idea how about the staff actually recruiting some OFFENSIVE LINEMEN! Who knows maybe Stanley or Bender aren't that bad but with a horrible oline who would ever know? I don't mean just get bodies but someone who can actually play the position. Who cares who the quarterback is if they have no protection.

Aaron Paisley 6 days, 22 hours ago

Linemen don't grow on trees, they take 4-5 years to develop in ideal situations. Charlie Weis ruined that by recruiting a bunch of JuCo linemen that mostly never saw the field. Beaty loaded up on HS linemen in year 1. The OLine this year was 4 sophomores and a freshman when healthy. Beaty is playing OLineman who are not physically ready to play against Big 12 competition, but has to because there's literally nobody else at this point.

The OLine was better this season than last season and will be better next year than this year because they will be a year older and a year more physically developed.

Kevin Robert Fest 6 days, 19 hours ago

Ok well since they were by far the worst line in the league saying that they will be better next year isn't saying much. That statement doesn't give hope.

Gary Wilson 6 days, 17 hours ago

Remember this. They weren't the worst in the league. They're the worst in the nation.

Dirk Medema 6 days, 15 hours ago

We do have 1 all-conf (HM?) OT in the group, so there is some ability there. I'm recalling we lost at least 1 if not 2 of the presumed starters early in the season, and that was before the no-show that is Baldwin. Wasn't one of the injuries also to a pretty good walk-on that had developed over the years. A testament to the recruiter and developer even if it didn't result in W's on the field.

Gunnar Hays 6 days, 8 hours ago

I believe your referring to Mesa Ribordy (don't know if I'm spelling that correctly). But yes, he was injured for a good part of the season and the line was much better with him healthy. After the KState game Tom made a joke about Mesa being a Heisman contender because the offense seemed to be way more effective when he played. As for being a walk on and all-conf I'm not sure, but certainly he will be important moving forward.

Jeff Coffman 6 days, 23 hours ago

Oh the great recruiter...Willis, Stanley, Bender, Starks, Scott.

I'm more excited about the HS guy that will likely red shirt. He'll have a coach that will develop him.

Anyone else worried that this guy will yell and scream based on his previous coach, and shake up the all is wonderful ra ra that Beaty has going.

I'm sure his last coach would let him know it when he missed something. Beaty will cheer not as loudly.

This is an example of digging us deeper into a hole.

Dirk Medema 6 days, 15 hours ago

This is the HS guy that redshirted (somewhere else) and now has 1 semester less eligibility than the HS recruit Tune.

I'm not worried about Scott yelling and screaming, but guessing you'll more than make up for it.

Jeff Coffman 6 days, 22 hours ago

Your premise of 5'11" doesn't attract programs does not hold up. LSU recruited him.

Jerry Walker 6 days, 6 hours ago

Don't be anal retentive. He didn't say "no one" recruits a 5'11" QB...he said it reduces the number that are interested.

Gary Wilson 6 days, 17 hours ago

They could get 22 five star recruits on this team, and the horrific coaching staff still couldn't win 3 games. But keep beating that dead horse.

[''] 6 days, 12 hours ago

3-33 & still talking about signing yet another QB coached by this same 3-33 coaching staff? Shuffling deck chairs much??

Matt Lindaman 6 days, 9 hours ago

A part of the title to this article was missing. : Part Seven

Don Kennedy 6 days, 6 hours ago

It's easy to get down on Beatty and the entire KU program based on the won/loss record, and I'm not saying that it's not justified. But we were in a very deep hole when Beatty arrived because of Weiss and Gill. Gill recruited kids who could not maintain the academics and Weiss recruited kids that he had no chance of getting. He then would have to settle for what was left after the other low level power five programs had gotten theirs. We had what, eight seniors this year? Most programs have 20-30. We lacked experience, physical maturity , and depth due to the fact that we did not even have our allowed number of scholarships filled. I know that we were close on the scholarships but you have to remember that some of those were given to walk on's because they were available, not to true scholarship level players. We should have done better this year, I get it. In my opinion the common denominator in the many season's of blow out losses is the defensive coordinator. A great guy and a Lawrence native but he is clearly under performing for the program. Neither the coach nor the Athletic Director seem to be willing to fire or demote him so it appears that the ugly losses will continue. But maybe with better more physically mature players the defense will improve. Here is my biggest concern with KU football; Back to the days of Don Fambrough and beyond, they will hire a coach that wins games but he's a jerk and they don't like him, so they fire him or run him off. They replace him with a nice guy that they all like, but he can't win football games so they fire him. They replace him with a jerk who wins games but they don't like him so they fire him or run him off and replace him with a nice guy that they all like, but he can't win football games so they fire him and repeat the cycle. STOP IT!!! Find a guy that wins games and learn to accept his personality as the cost of doing business. I don't mean a total loser but a a guy whose is hard nosed and hard to get to know. Learn to accept him because of what he does for the university. There are some arrogant professors on that campus that are totally unlikable and down right abusive to the students and they bring nothing of value to the University. No one bats an eye. They are draining money from the University, crickets. A coach who is capable of bringing in literally hundreds of millions of dollars to the University has to pass a popularity contest or he is gone. What is wrong with this picture? Everything.

Sam Allen 4 days, 6 hours ago

I'm trying out for football team, and I have been watching Todds past games and filmed and watched his styles and techniques non stop, my goal is to be the next Todd Reesing, and I am also 5'9-5'11.

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