South Carolina Football: 2014 RB Derrell Scott is Perfect Fit for the Gamecocks

Lee SchechterContributor IIIJune 20, 2013


The South Carolina Gamecocks are closing in on landing Derrell Scott, a 4-star running back from Havelock, North Carolina for their 2014 recruiting class.

It is not set in stone that Scott will end up wearing the garnet and black, though he is projected by all but one of's crystal ball predictors to be a Gamecock in 2014.  

If Scott does commit to South Carolina, it will land one of the nation's more elite all-purpose running back recruits and a true gamer on the field.  

Scott fits in well with South Carolina's offense due to his all-around style of play that is full of versatility for different offensive sets.  Head coach Steve Spurrier is a big fan of mixing up packages to confuse defenses.  If he has a running back who can do it all, it is that much more of a bonus for the Gamecocks.

According to ESPN's scouting report,

Best assets are arguably his feet and vision. Runs with his eyes and has an innate feel for closing defenders. Will pick and slide his way through even the smallest creases and does a great job making defenders miss in the hole. Can be effective inside with his elusiveness and vision between the tackles.

Smart running backs thrive in most offenses, but Spurrier is a special head ball coach when it comes to offense.  Marcus Lattimore had a high football IQ and fit well in the South Carolina offense.  

With Scott's vision and quick footwork, he can become a huge offensive threat out of the backfield.

With the Gamecocks churning out impressive offensive linemen for the future in D.J. Park, Na'Ty Rodgers and others, Scott will have strong linemen opening up gaps for him to enter into open space and make second and third levels of the defense look silly.  

Spurrier also likes to work his backs into the passing game, and Scott is a solid receiving back.

According to ESPN's scouting report, "[Scott] Has soft hands and polished receiving skills. A skill player you want to get creative with in a spread offense and create opportunities for in space."

Scott's hands and open space elusiveness make him a major receiving threat who can work out of the backfield or slide into the slot, especially in motion plays. 

The bottom line is that Scott is the total package as a running back.  He can do it all—power running, spread offense speed attacks, screen plays out of the backfield or lining up in the slot as a receiver.  

With Scott, Spurrier would get an extremely versatile offensive player at a key skill position in college football.