MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — With left tackle Quinton Spain on a trajectory to enter the NFL draft after his upcoming junior season, West Virginia received a commitment from his potential replacement Thursday.
Justin Scott, a three-star prospect at Pierce (Calif.) Community College in Los Angeles, pledged to WVU one day after visiting campus. The 6-foot-6, 290-pounder became the third offensive line commitment for the Mountaineers’ 2014 class and the second junior college recruit in two days to pick WVU.
“Scott said he was around 90-percent sure he was going to commit to West Virginia following his visit Wednesday, but it took a little more than 24 hours to give lead recruiter cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell and head coach Dana Holgorsen the good news,” said Rival.com writer Keenan Cummings of WVSports.com.
“Scott is a former tight end that has developed into an athletic offensive tackle that should come in and compete immediately for the Mountaineers given the overall need at the position in this recruiting class. This is a big coup for the Mountaineers as many schools had started to take notice of Scott and were monitoring him closely. But after getting him on campus, West Virginia was able to seal the deal.”
While Scott had yet to receive any major-college offers other than Cincinnati, Washington State and Wyoming, other programs seemed to be gaining interest. Michigan State, Kansas and Tennessee also has expressed interest in the player who spent a year at a post-graduate prep school and sat out the 2011 season after returning home to his native Detroit.
You can watch Scott’s 2012 highlight video here—though it comes with the standard disclaimer about potentially offensive background music.
Scott becomes West Virginia’s eighth commitment for 2014. On Wednesday, the Mountaineers received a pledge from cornerback Jaylon Myers of Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.