February 6, 2012
2014 Intro: Running back Derrell Scott
This past weekend, NC State held a junior day where many of the top 2013 prospects in the state of North Carolina made their way to Raleigh. There was one exception, though - Havelock (N.C.) sophomore running back Derrell Scott.
Scott is coming off of a season in which he helped his team win the state championship and rushed for 1,800 yards and 25 scores.
"It was a great season, we won a state championship and that was the most important goal for our team," he said. "I averaged 11 yards per carry so it was a pretty good season overall for me. I'm just looking to get better each and every year; I want to improve from this year to next year."
The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder, who has been clocked as fast as 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash, began playing on the varsity team as a freshman and found a rhythm during his second year on the team.
"I had to learn a lot my first year," he said. "I needed to gain experience and I just watched the older guys to see what they did. I learned a lot from them and got a lot more comfortable during my second year, that made everything a lot easier.
"I improved with my patience, waiting for my blocks to develop. I think I got a lot faster actually, and my blocking got better. I wasn't very good at blocking my freshman year but I got better at it and committed myself to blocking. I became a whole lot better this year."
Scott, who has already collected two offers, has not been able to see many schools yet, but noted that he has watched games at South Carolina and East Carolina.
"I've got offers from ECU and South Carolina so far," he said. "I've talked to Ohio State this week, UConn, North Carolina, NC State and I've got a whole bunch of letters, too. I've gotten letters from Oregon and Virginia, but I can't remember them all."
Scott was excited for his first chance to look around NC State and learn more about the Wolfpack.
"I've only been to NC State before for a camp, so I've never really walked around and looked at it," he said. "I'm looking forward to it."
There's a long time to go until Scott can sign with the college of his choice, but the standout back talked about what he is looking for in a program.
"I just want to be able to feel at home when I go there," he said. "I want to have that home feeling when everything feels alright. I want coaches that I know I can talk to, but feeling comfortable where I'm at is the most important thing because I'm going to be there for four years."
Scott also talked about some programs that he hasn't spoken with yet, but would like to hear from; those included Alabama, LSU, Oregon, Florida and Florida State. He noted that he grew up watching Florida because he's a big Tim Tebow fan.
The sophomore reported that he bench presses 250 pounds, power cleans 240, squats 360 and dead lifts 420.
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