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December 30, 2007

Nation's No. 1 back still weighing options

SAN ANTONIO - He is the nation's No. 1 running back and everyone wants to know where Darrell Scott is going to play college football but the Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure recruit who is also rated as the fourth-best player in the entire class said he has not made a decision yet.

Scott, who rushed for 1,697 yards and 21 touchdowns this season and helped lead St. Bonaventure to the state championship, has already visited Colorado and Texas and the 6-foot-0, 204-pound prospect said he will also visit Florida before making a verbal commitment. A trip to LSU is also a possibility. Finishing his high school career with a state title was a big deal, he said.

"It was really important because I wanted to get everything done, I needed a ring and in the process it was amazing because I met a lot of people, I got close with the team and it all worked out," Scott said.

Is Colorado the leader?

It would make sense since Scott's uncle, Josh Smith, is a freshman receiver with the Buffaloes. Recent Colorado commit Max Tuioti-Mariner said he had heard Scott was going there and that it would be fun to block for the nation's No. 1 running back. But Scott said Sunday he has no frontrunner.

According to the Rocky Mountain News, Scott has been calling or text messaging other Colorado recruits talking about the benefits of being in the same signing class.

Colorado freshman receiver Kendrick Celestine said in the Rocky Mountain News report that Scott has said he cannot wait to get to Boulder to play with them. Scott said Smith being at Colorado has an impact but it will not determine his decision.

"It's a big one but it's not going to make me decide between colleges," he said. "They're young. They need playmakers on offense. Their defense did pretty well this year and that's all they need are playmakers and a couple guys to turn it around."

Scott, who had 3,194 rushing yards and 45 touchdowns in his junior year, said Florida running backs coach Stan Drayton has been out to see him but that he does not know too much about the Gators yet. He is expected to visit Gainesville the weekend of Jan. 11.

"They're a good school and they need a running back," Scott said. "I'm pretty sure they'll probably change (the offense) around and put (quarterback Tim) Tebow behind center a little bit. That would mix up things if I were to go there."


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