May 24, 2009

Miami speed back hearing from CSU

The emphasis Colorado State puts on its running backs has led them to keep an eye out for the combination of speed and strength that can tote the ball 20-30 times a game on the ground and through the air. That search has led them to Miami Archbishop Carroll High School back Jeff Scott.

The 5-foot-8, 170-pound Scott runs a 4.4 and claims a 35-inch vertical leap. Scott was a first team All-Dade county small school selection last fall after rushing for 1,393 yards and 23 touchdowns, leading Archbishop Carroll to a 9-3 mark. Those numbers have netted him scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Colorado State, Tennessee State and Florida International.

"Speed would be my strength on a football field," Scott said. "I compare myself to Reggie Bush. We play a lot a like and people tell me that all the time."

Scott is undecided in his choice of major, but is considering criminal justice and will be taking the ACT in June to go along with his 2.4 grade-point average.

For Scott, growing up in Florida made him a fan of both Florida State and Miami, which are showing interest.

"UM and FSU were my favorites growing up," Scott said. "They haven't given me any offers, but they are showing interest. Florida State is coming to see me and I am supposed to be going to the UM camp in June. Hopefully they offer me then."

While he grew up in Florida, Scott said he is not limiting himself to schools in Florida. That is good news for Colorado State, which has talked to Scott in this spring.

"I talked to the Colorado State coach like a week ago and that is when they offered me," Scott said. "I am interested. I am interested in everyone. I don't have any favorites right now. Their coach keeps recruiting me and they want me real bad. I am thinking of making them an official visit and going to learn about them."

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