February 20, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Allen Trieu

MSU holds lead for powerful RB L.J. Scott despite offers from Alabama, Auburn

L.J. Scott is pictured with coach Mark Dantonio. (Photo courtesy of L.J. Scott)

Michigan State had Hubbard (Ohio) four-star junior running back L.J. Scott up at the right time. The Spartans were able to get him on campus last weekend, impress him, and have him see the school before Alabama and Auburn offered him this week.

“He was there last week,” Scout.com Ohio analyst Bill Greene said. “He spent two days there and the kid really bonded with that coaching staff. He thinks a lot of Coach Dantonio. They’re telling him he can be the next Le’Veon Bell in their program and he’s that type of player.”

Kurtis Drummond, a Hubbard alum, handled showing Scott around and is part of the reason the Spartans are in a good early position for his services.

“Kurtis was a good representative of MSU; that swayed him a little, too,” Greene said. “He fits their offense, he’s real comfortable with the staff and enjoyed meeting the players up there. They have a big lead for him. I think they’re the big early favorite.”

As a junior, Scott rushed for 21 touchdowns and more than 1,700 yards. He has played varsity football since his freshman season, but is still only scratching the surface of what he could become once he gets into a college strength and conditioning program.

“He’s 6-foot-1, 220 pounds right now and he can get bigger,” Greene said. “He almost looks lean when you see him without pads. He can add 10-15 pounds of muscle and play at 230-235. He has good speed. He’s a big, powerful runner who can wear down a defense, but he has speed, too. When he gets in the open, he can take it.”

Greene says West Virginia is one of the Spartans’ chief competitors right now. He has been there on a visit and has teammates who will be playing there. Of course, Alabama and Auburn will certainly be in his plans, and Ohio State has reached out as well.

However, each of those programs are still looking up at the Spartans.

“Right now, I think Michigan State is out front -- and by a lot too,” Greene said.

Spartans offer Florida quarterback

Michigan State is one of many schools to offer Tampa Hillsborough quarterback Dwayne Lawson, according to Scout.com’s Jamie Newberg. An athletic 6-foot-5, 215-pounder, Georgia, Maryland, Ohio State, Tennessee, Miami, Florida and many others have offered. He has visited Florida and Miami but has not been to East Lansing yet.

Big New Jersey receiver offered

Michigan State made a move with Glassboro (N.J.) standout wide receiver Juwan Johnson last week, offering the 6-foot-4, 190-pounder a scholarship. Johnson spoke to Spartan Digest’s Mike Wilson and said he would look to research the Spartans further soon and that he would likely not drag his recruiting process out too long.

A two-year varsity starter, Johnson caught 29 passes for 441 yards and six touchdowns last fall. He also made 43 tackles and had five interceptions on defense. He is currently ranked as an early four-star by Scout.

More information

L.J. Scott profile

Dwayne Johnson profile

Juwan Johnson profile

Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for Scout.com in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan State recruiting column appears every Friday at detroitnews.com. For more on MSU recruiting, visit michiganstate.scout.com.