October 20, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans helmet on the sideline in the first quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Larry Scott commits to Michigan State: Spartans get No. 4 running back

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Larry Scott gave Michigan State his verbal commitment and the four-star running back is the eighth member of the Spartans 2015 class.

The 6-0, 205-pound tailback is the nation’s No. 70 overall player regardless of position, No. 4 running back and the No. 3 player in the state of Ohio, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Scott picked the Spartans over the in-state Buckeyes, West Virginia and had offers from Alabama and Auburn, among others.

It was Michigan State that was in early on Scott and the second school to offer the talented running back after Tennessee offered him three months earlier in 2013 and got an early lead that proved too much for Ohio State to overcome after getting in the mix late.

The Buckeyes didn’t offer Scott until March 5 and despite two unofficial visits and a visit from assistant coach Chris Ash, the Spartans were successful in plucking him from the state.

Scott ran for 1,681 yards with 21 touchdowns last year as a junior and has 3,295 and 44 touchdowns over his last two high school seasons.

With tonight’s commitment from Scott, Michigan State now owns the nation’s No. 44 class according to the 247Sports team rankings and the No. 11 class in the Big Ten.

They have one of the smallest classes so far so look for them to make a steady rise up the rankings this fall, especially if Mark Dantonio’s club is able to replicate their success last year when they beat Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game and Stanford in The Rose Bowl.

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