ESPN 300 RB Scott commits to Tennessee
January, 27, 2014
By Gerry Hamilton | ESPN.com
HAVELOCK, N.C. – One of the top remaining uncommitted prospects in the Class of 2014 is off the board.
On Monday afternoon, running back Derrell Scott (Havelock, N.C./Havelock), No. 109 in the ESPN 300, committed to Tennessee over South Carolina.
The 5-foot-11, 184-pound Scott made an official visit to Tennessee on Oct. 4 and followed that up with trips to NC State (Nov. 1), South Carolina (Nov. 15) and Florida (Jan. 17).
Entering the official visit process, the Gamecocks were considered the heavy favorite to land Scott, but the Volunteers made a big move on the official visit.
"It was really close,” Scott said. “South Carolina, they are a really great school. Tennessee, they just pulled away. It’s hard to say the reasons why; I just really like the people there.”
Scott said early playing time was a factor in his decision.
Gerry Hamilton/ESPNDerrell Scott is the third running back in a huge Tennessee class that's ranked No. 5 in the latest rankings.
"That was a pretty good reason why I went there — not the whole reason, but it was a pretty good reason why," Scott said Monday. I knew I could get a chance to get on the field and get an opportunity to play. The coaches told me I would get an opportunity. I’m just going to go in there and work hard and see what happens.”
Scott was originally scheduled to announce his decision in late October, but pushed his decision back.
Vols coach Butch Jones and the Gamecocks’ Steve Spurrier made in-home visits last week. Scott came away impressed by Jones on the visit.
"It was great. It wasn’t like most people would expect, it wasn't all business. it was really relaxed," Scott said. "We talked about stuff other than football. We might have talked about football like five percent of the time, we just had a good time and got to know each other. It was great."
With Scott’s pledge, Butch Jones and staff now have 34 commitments in Tennessee's 2014 class, which ranks No. 5 nationally, and first in the SEC East.
Scott, a versatile back with excellent receiving skills out of the backfield, becomes the third running back to commit to Tennessee in the class, and helps fill a huge hole in Tennessee’s backfield.
He joins Jalen Hurd (Hendersonville, Tenn./Beech), No 70 in the ESPN 300, and four-star prospect Treyvon Paulk (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton), who both missed the majority of their senior seasons because of injury. Hurd is already enrolled in Knoxville.
The Tennessee class now features 11 ESPN 300 commitments and 17 four-stars. Fifteen of the Volunteers’ 34 prospects in the class have already signed and enrolled.
Scott finished his stellar career at Havelock with a 58-5 record as the starting running back, including winning 47 of the last 48 with three consecutive state titles. He rushed for 6,166 yards in four seasons with 88 touchdowns on 656 carries. As a senior, he totaled 2,205 yards and 25 scores on 235 carries. He scored 34 touchdowns as a junior.