August 16, 2017 9:52:09 AM
SCOOBA -- The East Mississippi Community College football team added to the long line of standout quarterbacks Tuesday with the signing of LSU transfer Lindsey Scott Jr.
According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, Scott attended practice Monday, signed a letter of intent Monday night, and it was processed Tuesday morning. The fall semester started Monday on the Scooba campus.
Attempts by The Dispatch to reach EMCC football coach Buddy Stephens weren't successful Tuesday night.
"Any time that you're able to add the Gatorade Player of the Year from Louisiana, you've made your team better," Stephens told The Advocate. "Savvy young man who has a tremendous head on his shoulders. He'll be good at what we do. We're a four- and five-wide offense. He'll have an opportunity to re-open his recruiting."
At EMCC's Media Day on Monday, Stephens said former Noxubee County High School standout Timorrius Conner was the "starter for now." Conner is in his second season at EMCC, but he didn't throw a pass a year ago.
The Media Day roster also includes Wyatt Davis, a freshman from Pearl River Central High, and Daquirs Griffin, a freshman from Houma, Louisiana.
The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Scott was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Louisiana after leading Zachary High to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) Class 5A State title. He was the state's top-ranked quarterback in 2016 per 247 Sports.
Scott announced his plans to transfer Monday morning after not seeing any reps at quarterback during LSU's second scrimmage of the fall. He redshirted during the 2016 regular season.
When asked about the quarterback competition Monday afternoon, Stephens said Connor possessed the most experience of anyone in the program. However, two additional weeks of practice would help sort the depth chart out.
"Timorrius has been in our program," Stephens said. "He is a great leader and plays the position well. We have a lot of expectations of the quarterback. It is what makes our system go. We will have to see how the next couple of weeks play out."
Scott's father, Lindsey Scott Sr., told The Advocate his son will play this season in Scooba and sign with another Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) school in December.
No. 2 EMCC will play host to Jones County Junior College on Aug. 31 in its season opener at Sullivan-Windham Field.
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