The South Carolina Gamecocks have a huge advantage when it comes to recruiting 2014 4-star all-purpose back Derrell Scott: They boast stud running back Marcus Lattimore.
There are few things more powerful in college football recruiting than being able to point to a recruit's position and show him who he has the potential to be like, and that's exactly what Steve Spurrier has in this instance.
According to William Gunter of 247Sports, Scott will be visiting Columbia this weekend, and he's excited to see No. 21:
South Carolina has worked hard to establish a relationship with 2014 running backDerrell Scott (Havelock, N.C./Havelock). The North Carolina native will make a trip down to Columbia this coming weekend to check out the Gamecocks and one of the highlights of the trip will be getting to watch Marcus Lattimore in action.
“I am looking forward to the trip,” Scott told TheBigSpur.com. “I want to get down there and see the atmosphere and I am really looking forward to watching Marcus Lattimorego to work.”
Lattimore is one of the best running backs in the country, so he's obviously going to be the main attraction for Scott. Last week, he ran for 110 yards and two scores against Vanderbilt, and it's not unrealistic to expect a repeat or better performance this week against East Carolina.
The more yards and touchdowns he can rack up, the better, as he's going to have to be a huge selling point for South Carolina with regard to Scott's recruitment.
If the Gamecocks really want to reel this kid in, they're going to have to let him know that huge games out of running backs are the norm, and he has every chance to not just be the next Lattimore, but be the first Derrell Scott for the Gamecocks.
Not only that, but Spurrier would be smart to introduce the two players and perhaps let Lattimore do some recruiting of his own. He's going to leave big shoes to fill when he does leave the program, but from what I've seen so far—Scott has the potential to be that guy.
He's a bit on the smaller side at 5'11", 175 pounds, but he's incredibly fast, shifty, and he possesses incredible moves and instincts.
Field vision and athleticism are a must for smaller backs, and he has all of that and more. He also has that second gear that separates the good from the great.
Scott seems to be the real deal, and the Gamecocks need to do everything they can to bring him into the fold.
They need to use Lattimore to their advantage, because it's obvious Scott will be intently watching No. 21.
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