It took Lindsey Scott less than 24 hours to find a new home.
The former LSU quarterback and Zachary High star signed with East Mississippi Community College on Tuesday, beginning what his father calls a "reset" on his career.
"The business of football kind of takes away the fun," Scott's father, Lindsey Scott Sr., said. "You’ve got to remember how to have fun. This is an environment in which he can do this."
Scott, a 5-foot-11, 210-pounder who announced his transfer from LSU on Monday morning, joins the powerhouse junior college located in Scooba, Mississippi, about 70 miles west of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. EMCC is widely known as the subject of the highly acclaimed Netflix documentary series “Last Chance U.”
The school has won three junior college national championships in coach Buddy Stephens' nine years, many of them with decorated high school players who have left or been dismissed from major college schools.
Scott was named the Gatorade Louisiana Football Player of the Year in 2015 after leading Zachary to the Class 5A state title. He was the top-ranked quarterback in Louisiana and the No. 26 dual-threat QB in the nation in 2016, according to 247Sports.
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“Any time that you’re able to add the Gatorade Player of the Year from Louisiana, you’ve made your team better,” Stephens said. “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.”
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Scott plans to graduate in December, his father said, and be eligible to join a Football Bowl Subdivision program in January. He would have three years to play three seasons of football. He redshirted last season at LSU. The relationships with coaches who recruited Scott in high school remain open, Lindsey Sr. said.
That list includes Syracuse, Tulane, Rutgers and Maryland.
Scott had opportunities to join an FBS program this August, his father said, but he would have had to sit out a year.
"Let’s go and compete and get better," Lindsey Sr. said of the junior college route. "Let’s get on the football field in 2017."
Scott joins one of the nation’s elite junior colleges in a tiny Mississippi town that sits near the Alabama border. The program has a long history of signing major college transfers, specifically at quarterback, and sending them back to FBS after rolling up snazzy statistics in Scooba.
Under Stephens, EMCC directs a fast-paced, no-huddle spread offense that often breaks the 60-point mark. A host of quarterbacks have captained Stephens' system, including former Bastrop standout Randall Mackey and Chad Kelly and Bo Wallace, both of whom went on to start for Ole Miss.
Wallace now serves as EMCC’s quarterbacks coach.
“Last nine years, we’ve had eight All-American quarterbacks,” Stephens said. “We don’t expect anything different. He’s from the same mold and type as our previous guys.”
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Scott became the 11th player to transfer from LSU during this offseason, and his role this season became clearer after Saturday’s second preseason scrimmage. Presumed starter Danny Etling and true freshman Myles Brennan were the only two quarterbacks to receive first-team snaps, coach Ed Orgeron said.
Scott entered preseason camp fighting for the top backup position behind Etling, along with Brennan, freshman Lowell Narcisse and third-year sophomore Justin McMillan. Orgeron said last Wednesday that the four were “all tied” in the backup race.
“I tried to teach Lindsey, wherever you go, whatever you do, always have a positive plan. The plan has to take in account all possibilities," Lindsey Sr. said. "He figured that (redshirting his first year at LSU) was going to be the case. The plan coming in was to give LSU at least one year.
"He loves LSU, loves all the coaches, those who have come and gone loves coach (Matt) Canada’s system," his dad continued. "Loves Canada's system, believes in coach Orgeron. The program is headed in the right direction. In terms of what his role might be going forward, it was tough to determine."
Stephens has roots in Louisiana. He previously coached at Plaquemine, and his wife is from Bogalusa.
Scott will have a Louisiana target, too. Kirk Merritt, the former Texas A&M and Oregon receiver from Destrehan, is enrolled at EMCC. Merritt, a highly recruited prospect in 2015, was dismissed from A&M in the spring.
Stephens and his program were thrust into the limelight recently. A Netflix film crew was embedded with the team over the past two years, documenting the 2015 and 2016 seasons. The company announced this summer that the series is moving on from EMCC and will film a third season at a Kansas junior college.