Lindsey Scott Jr., brings exciting possibilities at quarterback

Kansas University football recruiting

The first thing I liked reading about Lindsey Scott Jr., quarterback of national-champion East Mississippi Community College, was his height.

He’s listed at 5-foot-11, which means schools that can afford to be picky about such things decided not to recruit him for fear he would have trouble seeing over offensive linemen.

The smaller the pool of interested schools, the better shot Kansas has of landing him.

Mark Mangino had two terrific quarterbacks at Kansas and both could play in 6-foot-and-under basketball leagues without cheating by bending their knees at the official measurement, a tactic that allowed our 6-2 center Joe Trivisonno to play on the Marquette 1978 intramural champions, “The Eraserheads.”

Back to Mangino’s two best quarterbacks.

Bill Whittemore was listed at 6-0, Todd Reesing at 5-11. KU beat out New Mexico to land Whittemore, Duke and Kansas State to land Reesing.

Underdogs can’t get hung up on physical prototypes or they’ll end up with a roster full of players who look good coming off the bus, warming up and posing for photographs for the media guide, but can’t play a lick.

Whittemore played in the Tangerine Bowl, which interestingly was played in a stadium called the Citrus Bowl.

Reesing led KU to victory in the Orange Bowl and the Insight Bowl.

Jason Swanson, listed at 6-foot, led KU to victory in the Fort Worth Bowl.

The next thing to like about Scott is that he has only burned one year of eligibility and will have three remaining seasons after selecting a school from among Kansas, Texas-San Antonio, Tulane and Western Michigan. He red-shirted during his one year at LSU.

My guess is that Scott has thick skin because he excelled under EMCC coach Buddy Stephens the central figure in the popular Netflix series that followed two Lions seasons.

Stephens is a yeller and a screamer, a cusser and a fusser, despite trying to tame his act in Season 2.

Scott’s dual-threat capabilities count as another plus.

If KU can land Scott and Clayton Tune, who intends to graduate early and participate in spring football drills, David Beaty would have four quarterbacks, including holdovers Peyton Bender and Carter Stanley, competing for the starting job heading into spring football.

That’s a good thing, as long as Beaty names a starter by the end of spring football.

Tune originally made a verbal commitment to Kansas, then opened up his recruitment the night KU produced 21 yards in total offense in a 43-0 loss at TCU. He verbally recommitted to Kansas last week, but doubts arose to the strength of that commitment when he tweeted on Thursday: “Thankful to have received a scholarship offer from Ole Miss!”

Kansas had been recruiting dual-threat QB Victor Viramontes, but he committed to Minnesota.