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Blaine Scott’s last Michigan State visit didn’t really go according to plan.
The Sciotoville (Ohio) 3-star offensive lineman had just camped at Ohio State and was heading to East Lansing with his mom for Michigan State’s June 15 camp. As they drove into town on the freeway, just a few miles from the Kellogg Hotel, their destination, a deer ran into the path of the car.
At about 70 mph, there was almost no time to maneuver, and they smashed into the deer. Thankfully, neither Scott nor his mom sustained any injuries, but the car (and, of course, the deer) didn’t get out unscathed.
“It just tore up the whole right side of our car,” Scott told Land of 10. “It was literally done. It was insane.”
The next day, as Scott made the short trip to the camp, his mom searched for a service center. During breaks, he took her calls in which she said some version of, “I have no clue where I’m at.” Scott missed a brief part of one-on-one sessions to help her, with former Michigan State fullback and Scott family friend Trevon Pendleton offering some help.
Despite being a bit preoccupied, Scott’s performance earned him a Michigan State offer. And the point of the story, if you were wondering, is that he didn’t get to see much of campus or do anything besides participate in the camp.
But since then, Scott has learned more about what the school and the program offer. He hears from the Spartans, through mail or by phone, just about every day. Offensive line coach Mark Staten has impressed him with his high energy and the respect he garners from his players, and coach Mark Dantonio stands out for extra-athletic reasons.
“He’s a real people person,” Scott said of Dantonio. “It just seems like he’ll talk to you about anything. It doesn’t have to be football-related. Sometimes you get the impression of coaches, they’re just strictly there – it’s kind of like a business. You’re just there just to coach. It’s all about football. But with him, I feel like he teaches his guys about values other than football. He’s got a real good thing going up there in East Lansing right now.”
Scott, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound junior, boasts an offer list that includes Michigan State, Arkansas, Duke, Florida, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Penn State and Pittsburgh, among others. Ohio State has not extended an offer, but Scott will visit Columbus on Saturday for the game against Indiana. He’ll also head to Penn State on Oct. 22.
In between, he’ll return to East Lansing on Oct. 15 for Michigan State’s game against Northwestern, which has also offered. He’ll be joined by his strength and conditioning coach, Dan Haney, as well as freshman teammate Braidan Haney, Dan’s son. Scott probably won’t have a chance to do much besides hang out at the game, but said he plans to return in the spring for junior day.
“I’ll definitely be back to get more of the campus feel and academics and all that stuff,” he said, “because that’s important to me. I’ll be back to do that eventually.”
Wherever he goes, Scott intends to enroll early like Ohio State freshman lineman Tyler Gerald, a fellow Sciotoville grad. Scott is taking eight courses at school as well as some online courses.
He’s taking some Advanced Placement courses. He doesn’t have to do that to reach his goal, but he likes the idea of getting ahead. That’s why he intends to enroll early in the first place.
“Those extra five or six months you get before the other guys get in, you’re just getting a head above everyone else as far as academics go, getting used to the college life and the way of life,” Scott said. “The strength and conditioning program, I’m going to be able to do that for six months, and that’ll help me.
“Don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad if you just came in there during the summer like most regular freshmen. I just kind of want to set the bar high. I don’t want to be like most regular freshmen.”
Adding to the list
It’s not a Big Ten game. Initially, that had Dantonio a little worried about his team’s focus going into this weekend’s battle with BYU.
Now, the Spartans have dropped two straight games for the first time in the college careers of the vast majority of these players, and the players are fed up. That should lead to an exciting product on the field.
We’ll have to wait and see if that excitement is matched on the sideline by the list of visiting recruits. Chicago De La Salle junior Nick Boehm confirmed to Land of 10 that he will attend the game. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound lineman holds an offer from Louisiana Tech.
Additionally, 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong reports that 3-star in-state quarterback Theo Day will attend the game. Day, a sophomore, has been offered by Kentucky.
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