College football is far and away the most exciting sport. That’s a fact at this point. What other sport can offer what happened last weekend, with four Top 10 teams losing? Almost any team can lose on a given week. On top of that, it has also developed into an almost year round sport to follow with the rise of interest in recruiting. However, during the season, recruiting is at its slowest. Coaches have too much to focus on with game planning and practicing each week. Don’t tell that to Dana Holgorsen and the West Virginia staff though. After adding three star tight end T.J. Banks on Wednesday, West Virginia stayed hot on the recruiting trail by adding three star offensive lineman Blaine Scott to their 2018 class.
— Blaine Scott (@blaine_scott54) October 19, 2017
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Scott is the 18th commitment in West Virginia’s 2018 class. He is the third offensive lineman, and the second offensive guard. Scott’s commitment gives West Virginia the 31st overall ranked class in 2018 and the sixth ranked class in the Big 12. Scott is the third commitment from the state of Ohio joining defensive end Alex Williams and outside linebacker Josh Chandler. Scott is West Virginia’s second highest rated commit for their 2018 class.
Scott picked the Mountaineers from over 30+ offers including schools such as Penn State, Oregon, Michigan State, Miami, Florida, Ole Miss, Arkansas, North Carolina, NC State, Iowa State and Louisville. He has also been picking up interest from Notre Dame and Ohio State, and an offer from either school isn’t totally out of the picture. Scott was a one time Ole Miss commit, but decommited over the summer, due in large part to the Hugh Freeze scandal. Scott’s primary recruiter was West Virginia offensive line coach Joe Wickline, who did a fantastic job of selling Scott on playing in Morgantown.
When you watch his film he plays almost exclusively at tackle, but he is almost certainly moving inside to guard at the college level. The first word that comes to mind in scouting Scott “mauler.” Scott is tenacious in his run blocking, and loves to pancake his defender. He is incredibly strong and already has the size needed to play in college. He will need to improve on his pass blocking at the next level, particularly cleaning up his footwork, though. His ceiling comparison is former Stanford standout David DeCastro.