A recruitment that spanned across a pair of coaching staffs came to a close Monday as Derrell Scott showed hard work pays off and verbally committed to the Tennessee Volunteers.
At 5 feet 11, 184 pounds with a laser-timed 40-yard dash time of 4.62 seconds, the Vols add a dual-threat back in their 2014 signing class to go with four-star Jalen Hurd and three-star Treyvon Paulk.
Scott is a Scout four-star prospect, the No. 17 running back in the nation and the Tar Heel State's No. 5-rated prospect in the Class of 2014.
Scott took his official visit to Knoxville the weekend of Oct. 5, taking in the Vols' overtime loss to Georgia in front of an announced crowd of 102,455.
The runner chose the Big Orange over other finalists Florida and South Carolina. Tennessee head coach did an in-home visit with Scott on Wednesday. Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier and two assistants were in the Scott home on Thursday.
Tennessee widens its lead over Ohio State in the Scout team recruiting rankings at the No. 2 spot with Scott's decision.
Last fall, Scott ran for 2,147 yards on 229 carries (9.38 yards per attempt) for the Havelock (N.C.) High School.
In the 2013 NCHSA Class 3A state championship back on Dec. 14, Scott scampered for 209 yards with three touchdowns on just 18 rushes. Those three scores led to Havelock capturing a 21-13 victory over Concord.
The Orange & White graduated starting running back Rajion Neal following the 2013 season. Neal had 1,124 yards and 12 TDs on 215 attempts. Marlin Lane is scheduled to return for his senior year in 2014. However, the third leading rusher was quarterback Joshua Dobbs and the fourth top ground gainer was walk-on Deanthonie Summerhill.
More coming on Scott's decision to be a Vol from Scout regional recruiting analyst Michael Clark soon.
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