Derrell Scott to Tennessee: Volunteers Land 4-Star RB Prospect

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 27, 2014


The SEC will welcome another talented playmaker next fall as 4-star running back prospect Derrell Scott has committed to Tennessee, according to ESPN's Gerry Hamilton.

According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Scott is the 126th-rated player nationally and the sixth-ranked player from the state of North Carolina among the Class of 2014. He's also the third-best player at his position.   

The Havelock High School star, who rushed for 2,148 yards and 25 touchdowns last season with the Rams, had received offers from several other topflight programs from around the country, but narrowed his final list down to South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee, per Hamilton (subscription required).

Scott talked about the recruiting process at the start of the new year and what he liked about the two favorites, per's Erik McKinney (subscription required):

South Carolina has been there for me since the beginning. They offered me after my sophomore year and were one of the earliest schools. Tennessee, at first I wasn't really considering them, but I like the new coaching staff and what Butch Jones stands for there. 

At 5'11", 180 pounds, Scott has the potential to become an every-down back at the next level. Although he'll have to add mass to his frame in order to sustain the punishment SEC defenses often dish out, he's off to a strong start in terms of possessing a muscular frame.

Scott is an elusive runner and has to be because of his lack of raw power. He displays great vision when hitting the hole and has a tremendous feel for the game. He doesn't have the premier speed to suggest he'll run away from defenders at the next level, but his footwork and ability to evade tacklers makes him a constant threat with the ball in his hands.

Scott's above-average hands make him a versatile offensive weapon also capable of contributing in the passing game. 

ESPN recruiting analyst Craig Haubert (subscription required) breaks down what makes Scott one of the best all-purpose backs in the Class of 2014:

Scott is a talented running back, but his greatest asset at the next level could be his versatility. A RB with solid size, good speed and vision, he can pick up yardage when you hand him the ball, but with soft hands and elusive in space, he can also create headaches when you throw him the ball. Whether from the backfield or aligned as a receiver, Scott can present an offense with a dynamic weapon in a multipurpose type role. 

It's clear that Scott's wide range of offensive skills are sure to make him a hit at Tennessee.

While he'll benefit from from time spent in the weight room and on the practice field over the summer, he has all of the physical tools to become a factor early on.


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