Four-star running back Derrell Scott plans to sign with Tennessee.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound all-purpose back picked the Vols over South Carolina in a ceremony at his Havelock, N.C., high school on Monday.
Scott is rated the No. 3 all-purpose back in the country by the 247Sports Composite, and the No. 6 overall prospect in North Carolina.
His recruitment went down to the wire between Tennessee and South Carolina, with both teams offering the promise of quick playing time.
The Vols have wanted to add a third back to their 2014 class, which already has five-star prospect Jalen Hurd and three-star Treyvon Paulk. However, both players are coming off season-ending injuries, leaving the Vols little room for error. Rising senior Marlin Lane will start the spring as the team's top back.
Scott is the 34th verbal commitment in Tennessee's 2014 signing class. Fourteen players have already enrolled.
Scott said his relationship with Tennessee running backs coach Robert Gillespie helped sway his decision.
"He's a really honest coach. We have a good relationship," Scott said.
Scott visited Knoxville in October and was impressed by the atmosphere.
"They didn't have their best year, but everybody fought and played hard," he said. That showed a lot to me."
Scott also said the recruiting process had gotten "stressful" and his family had to slice through the different tales spun by coaches.
"They really do all tell you the same thing. It's crazy," he said. "You have to be able to read between it and make the best decision for you."
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter.