Missouri’s future after Drew Lock became clearer on Monday afternoon.
Lindsey Scott Jr., a junior-college quarterback with three years left to play, committed to the Tigers on Monday after taking his official visit to Mizzou this past weekend.
He fills a massive need for the Tigers, who didn’t have a quarterback signed to their 2018 class. Scott is from Louisiana and began his college career at LSU, where he redshirted in 2016. He picked Missouri over Tulane, Kansas and Oregon State.
Missouri previously had James Foster, a highly touted quarterback from Alabama who committed to the program earlier in the season but decommitted after the Tigers’ 1-5 start. He stopped considering Missouri when former offensive coordinator Josh Heupel left to become head coach at Central Florida.
Scott spent this past season at East Mississippi Community College, the subject of the Netflix documentary “Last Chance U,” and won a national championship. He threw for 3,481 yards and 29 touchdowns while completing 64.8 percent of his passes. He ran for 729 yards and six touchdowns.
“I am accepting the challenge ahead, to share in the work of building something special,” Scott wrote on Twitter. “I am truly blessed to say that I have committed to the University of Missouri. Go Tigers.”
247Sports gives Scott, a 5-foot-11 dual-threat quarterback, a composite three-star ranking. Under Dooley, who recently joined the Tigers’ staff, he will play in a pro-style offense that will require him to take some snaps under center.
With his commitment coming early in the semester, he could enroll at Mizzou immediately to begin competing for next season’s backup quarterback spot. Micah Wilson, last season’s backup, will be a redshirt sophomore.
The Tigers now have 22 commitments for their 2018 class. National Signing Day is on Wednesday Feb. 7.