- Dave Hooker, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Even though he's just a junior, one school is standing out for Derrell Scott.
The 2014 running back from Havelock (N.C.) High said he was most impressed with South Carolina after a round of visits this summer. He said the Gamecocks' coaches, players and facilities caught his eye.
“The one that stood out the most was South Carolina,” said Scott, who also visited East Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Tennessee this summer. “The coaches were telling me I could get on the field early there...I would have a chance to come in there and start as a freshman.”
Playing in a Steve Spurrier offense certainly has its appeal. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Scott would be a departure from South Carolina's current tailback, Marcus Lattimore, who is considered more of a power running back at 6-foot and 220 pounds. However, Scott doesn't believe his size limits his game.
“I feel like I've got speed and I can get to the outside,” he said. “I'm quick, so I can run between the tackles, too. I can make people miss. I can catch the ball. I can run around somebody but I can run over them, too. You can't pre-detemine what I'm going to do.”
In addition to South Carolina, Scott also has scholarship offers from North Carolina, North Carolina State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Duke, Ohio State and East Carolina.
Scott ran for just over 1,800 yards last season, had over 200 yards receiving and scored 22 touchdowns as he helped Havelock to a state championship and a 16-0 record. He begins his junior season this Friday.