West Virginia landed a major commitment at a position of need when Portsmouth (Oh.) Sciotoville East offensive lineman Blaine Scott to the Mountaineers.
Scott, 6-foot-4, 299-pounds, picked up an offer from West Virginia in late July and made a quick turnaround visit to Morgantown where he was able to see the entire campus and spend time with the coaching staff, particularly offensive line coach Joe Wickline.
It wasn’t the first trip to West Virginia for Scott, the it impressed him enough to have him reconsider his future after previously offering a commitment to Mississippi in early May. But after head coach Hugh Freeze was resigned from the Rebels, Scott began to consider his future options and backed off that pledge.
West Virginia moved quickly on the offensive line target and he was on campus just a few days later for an unofficial visit. That trip was the turning point in favor of the Big 12 Conference program.
“It went really, really well. I had a blast,” Scott said at the time.
Two of the drawing factors to the Mountaineers were first the tradition of the football program coupled with Wickline’s reputation as an offensive line coach.
“He is a very respected coach and a great teacher. He told me how good of a chance I had to play early and often there,” he said.
Scott would make three more trips to West Virginia since, including for two of the first three home games of the year.
The Rivals.com three-star prospect is being targeted for the interior of the offensive line and was recruited by both Wickline and defensive line coach Bruce Tall, who handles the area.
Scott chose the Mountaineers over a long list of offers including Mississippi, Florida, Arkansas, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, North Carolina, Kentucky, Louisville and Pittsburgh, among others.
Scott will enroll at West Virginia in January as an early enrollee.
Overall, Scott becomes the 19th commitment for West Virginia in the 2018 class and the third along the offensive line group.
WVSports.com will have more on Scott in the near future.