February 1, 2008

Reason for all the hype

Darrell Scott is the nation's top ranked running back prospect from the Class of 2008 for a reason. A quick view of his highlight reel and even a casual college football fan can recognize that Scott is a special talent.

The Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure standout will make his college decision between Colorado and Texas at the ESPN Zone in Anaheim next Wednesday.

His announcement will be televised on ESPNU.

Rivals.com west coast analyst Rick Kimbrel stated earlier this recruiting cycle that he believes Scott is the best running back recruit to come out of California since Reggie Bush.

Scott rushed for 7,507 yards and 98 touchdowns during his high school career.

He was named a Parade All-American following a senior season in which he helped lead St. Bonaventure to a California Division III state championship.

"What you get with Darrell Scott is a kid that can instantly impact the college program that he goes to," said St. Bonaventure offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Roger Sonsini. "He is 6-foot-1, 215-pounds and he runs a legit 4.32-forty. He can catch the ball out of the backfield; he can catch the ball deep.

"Darrell could be one of the punters in American. He averages almost 48 yards a punt. There is nothing he can't do. He is incredibly strong in the weight room. That is what you get from Darrell.

"The program that gets Darrell is getting a kid that can impact the direction and production of an offense by simply putting the ball in his hands. He finds ways of gaining yards and scoring points, even when the defense is designed to stop him. That is what makes him better than everyone else.

"There is not another high school running back in American better than Darrell. You can quote me on that and I'll stand behind it. I think he is destined to flirt with a Heisman Trophy if things work out. The Heisman Trophy is a crap shoot but he has got those kinds of abilities. I think he could be a top five pick in the NFL draft if everything works out for him over the course of the next four years."

Scott had his final in-home visit with the Texas Longhorns' coaching staff on Tuesday night and he is scheduled to host his final in-home visit with Colorado's coaching staff on Friday evening.

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