Pros and Cons of 4-Star RB Derrell Scott's Top 5 Schools
Derrell Scott is one of the nation's best running back prospects. His running style is based on speed, agility and quickness, which are ingredients for exciting plays. Scott has been methodical in his recruitment and is focused on making a well-informed decision.
Scott recently narrowed his list to five schools and will be forced to make a tough decision. He has no set timetable to make a decision and will weigh his options. As with every prospect who has multiple offers from great programs, pros and cons remain for each possible decision.
Scott will have to decide if he wants to play in the SEC and if so, does he want to stay close to home. He also has an offer from a Big Ten school whose offense would be a great fit for his skills, but early carries may be hard to come by. Scott also could opt for a Pac-12 program or head to an ACC powerhouse.
Scott, who is from Havelock, N.C., would be less than five hours from home and be able to play for a living legend in Steve Spurrier. The Ol' Ball Coach still has Fun 'N' Gun passing principles in his offense, but has added zone-read running plays to his attack, which would mesh well with Scott's skill set. Scott would also be able to form a three-headed monster with incumbents David Williams and Mike Davis.
The Gamecocks are a good SEC program, but they are behind Alabama, LSU and Florida in the conference's pecking order. So winning conference titles and making the playoffs could be tough in Columbia. Also, Spurrier likely will not be Scott's head coach for the entire duration of his Gamecock tenure.
The Ducks recruit speed and athleticism as well as any program in the country. Their coaches do an excellent job of developing players in their system and Scott would be a good fit in their up-tempo offense. The facilities on Oregon's campus are top notch and the Pac-12 is an offensive league. Oregon is not afraid to play freshmen and Scott would work well with 2013 signee Thomas Tyner.
Eugene is not close to North Carolina and Scott could face a heavy dose of homesickness. Tyner has the size and speed to be an every-down back, and if he impresses Mark Helfrich as expected, a change-of-pace runner such as Scott would only receive minimal carries.
Butch Jones has provided a jolt into Tennessee and the Vols appear to be regaining their mojo. Knoxville has a solid facility and the town passionately supports the football program. Tennessee has a good history of winning and Scott would be the ideal runner to pair with 2014 commit Jalen Hurd. Scott would remain in the South and of course playing in the SEC is always a good thing. Plus, running through the "T" is cool.
It still remains to be seen if Jones' enthusiasm results in winning. Also, the style of offense Tennessee will run is still relatively unknown and how far away are the Vols from truly contending for the SEC crown?
Urban Meyer is one of the best recruiters in the country, so Scott will always be surrounded by talent. The Buckeyes are a dominant program in the Big Ten and will routinely challenge for conference titles and more. Meyer runs a spread option attack, which is predicated on getting his speedy skill players the football in space. This offense is an excellent match with Scott's multi-purpose offensive skill set.
The Buckeyes have several players on their roster or committed as recruits who can do similar things to Scott. So early playing time may not be available. Scott would not face the quality of competition in the Big Ten as he would in the SEC.
Florida State is a national powerhouse program that always has NFL-caliber talent on its roster. Jimbo Fisher has re-energized the program and the Seminoles are back among the country's elite.
Florida State loves recruiting speed backs who can catch and Scott could play running back, receiver and return punts and kicks during his tenure in Tallahassee. Quarterback Jameis Winston has superstar potential and is the kind of player all recruits want to play for.
The facilities at FSU have been upgraded and the support for the program is intense. The Seminoles are annually the favorites to win the ACC.
Scott is a talented back, but not every stud recruit signs with FSU and plays as a true freshman. He may have to wait his turn for several seasons.