RB Derrell Scott picks Vols over South Carolina

Derrell Scott RB 5-11 180 Havelock, N.C. Havelock 4 stars

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Derrell Scott RB 5-11 180 Havelock, N.C. Havelock 4 stars

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."

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Slats writes:

Welcome to Vol-For-Life status! Fans are "excited" that you chose the Vols and look forward to watching you on Saturdays!!!!!!!!!!!

johndavid writes:

Will Paulk conveniently decide to open his options now? I still wish we had made room for Booth somehow.

Great news , I CANNOT BELIEVE he came with a ***** already enrolled! I hope this doesn't mean Hurd's injury is more serious than we know. This guy may be even better!

bUTch__please writes:

Much needed depth...play your way to the front Derrell!

Go Team 118!

FWBVol writes:

in response to johndavid:

Will Paulk conveniently decide to open his options now? I still wish we had made room for Booth somehow.

Great news , I CANNOT BELIEVE he came with a ***** already enrolled! I hope this doesn't mean Hurd's injury is more serious than we know. This guy may be even better!

I wouldn't read anything into the Hurd situation. These kids, while competing for the same position, are two different types of running backs. At 230 pounds plus Hurd should be the power runner that can bull his way into the secondary before turning on the afterburners. Scott will have to rely on his speed and cutting ability to slice through the open hole.

From what I've seen, Hurd is a larger version of James Little Man Stewart and Scott is more a Charlie Garner type back. Things worked out pretty well with both of them and Aaron Hayden on the team at the same time.

ProudVol writes:

in response to FWBVol:

I wouldn't read anything into the Hurd situation. These kids, while competing for the same position, are two different types of running backs. At 230 pounds plus Hurd should be the power runner that can bull his way into the secondary before turning on the afterburners. Scott will have to rely on his speed and cutting ability to slice through the open hole.

From what I've seen, Hurd is a larger version of James Little Man Stewart and Scott is more a Charlie Garner type back. Things worked out pretty well with both of them and Aaron Hayden on the team at the same time.

+1 Those were the days weren't they? It just seemed like anyone we plugged in at RB was going to run over or run by whoever we were playing. Of course that had a lot to do with our offensive line back then, but all three of those guys were quality backs and as I recall quality kids, too.

I think Butch really cares about the quality of the kid - not just how fast he is. I see this kid has a 3.8 GPA, so I would expect very unlikely to have off the field issues. I understand GPA is not the only factor, but one cannot underestimate how much the integrity of the players means towards building a winning team.

gc_scvol writes:

Thanks Mr. Scott. Keep your nose clean and make us proud. Thanks for helping us back to the top. ALL VOL ...ALL THE TIME

oldster writes:

Glad to have added him into the fold. However, I recall the last time UT had two great running back recruits the same year. One left after playing a few plays his freshman year and never played college ball again. The other, about the same size as Scott, played a little, but then transferred to Arkansas State. Ergo, I will wait before being all in. Once bitten, twice shy, you know (actually bitten a heck of a lot more than once by the Vols).

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

in response to oldster:

Glad to have added him into the fold. However, I recall the last time UT had two great running back recruits the same year. One left after playing a few plays his freshman year and never played college ball again. The other, about the same size as Scott, played a little, but then transferred to Arkansas State. Ergo, I will wait before being all in. Once bitten, twice shy, you know (actually bitten a heck of a lot more than once by the Vols).

But you are not considering who recruited those two, Kiffin and Orgeron. I can't help but believe that our current recruiters have tons more class and ethics than those to program destroyers.

johndavid writes:

in response to FWBVol:

I wouldn't read anything into the Hurd situation. These kids, while competing for the same position, are two different types of running backs. At 230 pounds plus Hurd should be the power runner that can bull his way into the secondary before turning on the afterburners. Scott will have to rely on his speed and cutting ability to slice through the open hole.

From what I've seen, Hurd is a larger version of James Little Man Stewart and Scott is more a Charlie Garner type back. Things worked out pretty well with both of them and Aaron Hayden on the team at the same time.

Still wonder if Paulk will still be 100% VOL now?

WOULD you trade Paulk for a big time player at this point? Paulk may end up being the big time player? I guess Butch will have to decide. They (LIttleman, Garner Hayden )were not all 3 in the same class though. Playing time is the selling point not to mention scholarship limits Butch has to follow!

gc_scvol writes:

in response to oldster:

Glad to have added him into the fold. However, I recall the last time UT had two great running back recruits the same year. One left after playing a few plays his freshman year and never played college ball again. The other, about the same size as Scott, played a little, but then transferred to Arkansas State. Ergo, I will wait before being all in. Once bitten, twice shy, you know (actually bitten a heck of a lot more than once by the Vols).

Waaaaah. The sky is falling.

mikeh#259622 writes:

Great Scott!! Sorry, I mean glad to have you Mr. Scott. VFL

CASEXX writes:

Welcome Darrell, glad you're on board.

I think having Hurd and Scott is a big + for both players. In the fourth quarter teams are going to be bruised from banging into Hurd and winded from chasing Scott and I'm sure not going to count out Paulk.

FWBVol writes:

in response to johndavid:

Still wonder if Paulk will still be 100% VOL now?

WOULD you trade Paulk for a big time player at this point? Paulk may end up being the big time player? I guess Butch will have to decide. They (LIttleman, Garner Hayden )were not all 3 in the same class though. Playing time is the selling point not to mention scholarship limits Butch has to follow!

Little Man and Hayden were in the same class and Garner transferred in from a Juco after their freshman year. The three of them shared time in the backfield together for two seasons and at the end of their respective careers all three had more than 2,000 yards rushing.

Garner was a No. 1 pick in the 1994 draft and Stewart followed as a No. 1 pick in 1995 with Hayden going in the fourth round that year.

I'll agree there's a possibility Paulk might look elsewhere. But a real competitor doesn't worry about the depth chart because he believes he's the best at his position.

I see the scholarship limitations being a bigger drawback than playing time. You can always redshirt someone, which might happen here. Yes, that might upset the player that gets the redshirt, but a team guy will see the benefits for him and the team.

A smart coach, which I believe Butch Jones to be, will convince a player you can never have too many running backs and he's just one hit away from moving up in the rotation.

STLVOLS writes:

in response to oldster:

Glad to have added him into the fold. However, I recall the last time UT had two great running back recruits the same year. One left after playing a few plays his freshman year and never played college ball again. The other, about the same size as Scott, played a little, but then transferred to Arkansas State. Ergo, I will wait before being all in. Once bitten, twice shy, you know (actually bitten a heck of a lot more than once by the Vols).

DUHHH-Many teams have two good running backs that play-HELLO

OrangePride writes:

THIS is an outstanding coup! It is one of the big missing pieces from this years class. And we just may not be quite done yet!!! Way to go coach Jones! (And staff)

Dgage writes:

Regarding Paulk, I'm sure he has options but probably not that many good ones if he is coming off surgery/injury the same as Hurd. This is likely a case of win/win. As the 5 star (Henry?) that went to Alabama last year stated, you don't want to carry all the load in college or they'll reduce the longevity of their career.

Snapshot writes:

Good get for the Vols. Also good Butch was able to beat the ol' ball coach for a player!

pingkr62 writes:

This is awesome news. We now have depth at every position. Could use some more at the D-line, but overall this class is great. We will all have to endure some growing pains next season, but the future couldn't be brighter. Welcome to Rocky Top Mr.Scott and GO BIG ORANGE!!!

fannotsheep writes:

Take the third ranked back in the ratings every time. No reason to worry about playing time. These caliber athletes do not fear competition, and they know about redshirts and injuries and the need for fresh legs and different running styles in the SEC. It's all good.

We have the best recruiting staff anywhere considering these kids were in diapers the last time the Vols were nationally relevant. Now let's see about the coaching part of it.

RoadTrip writes:

For those that the sky is falling after getting another top RB recruit, which is bizarre to say the least unless you are trolling - think Lewis, Henry, Stephens. Surely you can remember that far back. All had NFL careers. We needed all three at UT.

Hurd, Scott, Paulk. Paulk probably redshirts to give him an extra year to recover from the ACL. Lane is a senior, Paulk steps in to that slot in '15. All three bring different styles and talent to the equation.

Look at UGA this past season. Two of the best in the SEC in Gurley and Marshall. And both went down for several games - Marshall for the season. Gurley played hurt the last several games. Big drop off after the first two went down.

You need at least 3 high quality RB's in the SEC. Check.

Buttcrackhead writes:

AWESOME, this is great news..Now lets get that five star d back...

murrayvol writes:

in response to johndavid:

Will Paulk conveniently decide to open his options now? I still wish we had made room for Booth somehow.

Great news , I CANNOT BELIEVE he came with a ***** already enrolled! I hope this doesn't mean Hurd's injury is more serious than we know. This guy may be even better!

This is the SEC. One guy can't carry the load regardless of how good he is.

Hurd will start his career as an RB. Not at all sure he'll finish there.

oldster writes:

in response to gc_scvol:

Waaaaah. The sky is falling.

It fell when they fired a Hall of Fame coach because they did not remember that it takes time to institute a brand new offense. Impatience equals a decade or more of losing.

pingkr62 writes:

A new offense and a new offensive coordinator doesn't mean squat if the hall of fame head coach is over-ruling half of what plays are called. I seem to remember Dave Clausen did well at his last coaching gig, and Randy Sanders is doing well at Free Shoes.

lonesome_dove writes:

this is huge !!!!!

we needed some good news like this as signing day approaches. let's get some road-graders to pave the way for Hurd, Paulk and now Scott along with Marlin Lane. we have the receivers and I think the QB will smooth out this spring. two years from now, we should be VERY solid on offense and with the defensive lineman we have committed and the speed we are adding to the defensive backfield, our Tennessee Vols should be well on their way back to the Top 10, where we are used to being.

Neyland will be shaking again !!!!!

oldster writes:

in response to lonesome_dove:

this is huge !!!!!

we needed some good news like this as signing day approaches. let's get some road-graders to pave the way for Hurd, Paulk and now Scott along with Marlin Lane. we have the receivers and I think the QB will smooth out this spring. two years from now, we should be VERY solid on offense and with the defensive lineman we have committed and the speed we are adding to the defensive backfield, our Tennessee Vols should be well on their way back to the Top 10, where we are used to being.

Neyland will be shaking again !!!!!

Hope springs eternal in the heart of the Big Orange fan. It is the only thing that keeps us going.

Snapshot writes:

in response to oldster:

It fell when they fired a Hall of Fame coach because they did not remember that it takes time to institute a brand new offense. Impatience equals a decade or more of losing.

What exactly was this "brand new offense" you are talking about? On second thought, it's been six years, let it go and live in today.

gc_scvol writes:

in response to oldster:

It fell when they fired a Hall of Fame coach because they did not remember that it takes time to institute a brand new offense. Impatience equals a decade or more of losing.

Truly sad to be so out of touch. PF is gone get used to it. Bet it really made you mad when we quit running the single wing. ALL VOL.....ALL THE TIME..!

Dickattrade writes:

in response to RoadTrip:

For those that the sky is falling after getting another top RB recruit, which is bizarre to say the least unless you are trolling - think Lewis, Henry, Stephens. Surely you can remember that far back. All had NFL careers. We needed all three at UT.

Hurd, Scott, Paulk. Paulk probably redshirts to give him an extra year to recover from the ACL. Lane is a senior, Paulk steps in to that slot in '15. All three bring different styles and talent to the equation.

Look at UGA this past season. Two of the best in the SEC in Gurley and Marshall. And both went down for several games - Marshall for the season. Gurley played hurt the last several games. Big drop off after the first two went down.

You need at least 3 high quality RB's in the SEC. Check.

RT you have this exactly correct. Very good comparison.
GO VOLS!

johndavid writes:

The comments about not fearing competition and a true competitor does not worry about who their competition is kind of funny since Scott himself gave it as a reason( ACCORDING TO NEWS) for attending TN. NFL/NBA etc free agents even look for playing time. You can be a great competitor and still be smart about your choices.

CASEXX writes:

This coaching staff have worked their tails off. Kudos.

johndavid writes:

Guys, of course we will take 4 great TB'S but that doesn't mean they will always come or will stay and that you have room for an avg injured RB if you need that SCHOLARSHIP for a better prospect at another position. We play 3 and 4 WR'S at a time but didn't make room for BOOTH.

Half the guys that commit these days cite playing time, are they not competitors?

Name me how many schools in the history of college football have brought in 3 great RBS in the same class, or 2 5 star QB'S IN THE SAME class. Remember Paulk is not rated as high and is injured so he might be more willing to stay, but we might ask him to grayshirt sometime in the spring or summer whenever we need that scholarship. Somebody has to!

Nobody on this board has said we don't want 3 great RBS or that you cannot play 2 RBS. Most teams have 5 or 6 on their roster spread out over different years. Most players know that you cannot have 3 1000 yd rushers on same team and very rarely 2.

Who would count on all 3 RBS finishing their careers at UT?

It will not shock me if Paulk never plays a down for UT. I'm not saying thats good or bad.

So will we keep recruiting Williams, remember you can never have enough!

oldster writes:

in response to Snapshot:

What exactly was this "brand new offense" you are talking about? On second thought, it's been six years, let it go and live in today.

The offense that Clawson used at Richmond that, inter alia, required linemen to learn to block inside and outside rather than left or right which, evidently was too hard for UT "atheletes" to learn. It was similar, evidently, to the one which Tommy Tuberville tried to bring into Auburn the same year with Tony Franklin with similar results to the team and the head coaches.

oldster writes:

in response to gc_scvol:

Truly sad to be so out of touch. PF is gone get used to it. Bet it really made you mad when we quit running the single wing. ALL VOL.....ALL THE TIME..!

Hardly out of touch. I have seen what has happened to the football program since PF was fired. Evidently, you have not or have ignored it.

In fact, I was not very happy when they changed from the Single wing. However, the modern offenses are quite similar in many ways. It just goes to prove that old fashions come back in style.

I will only "get used to it" when the Vols return to at least the level they were under PF during the first 7 years of this millennium. Hopefully, BJ will do it, but so far he has proven little. While his first team did defeat a ranked team, the overall record was not only a losing one, but no better than what Dooley could have done.

oldster writes:

in response to johndavid:

Guys, of course we will take 4 great TB'S but that doesn't mean they will always come or will stay and that you have room for an avg injured RB if you need that SCHOLARSHIP for a better prospect at another position. We play 3 and 4 WR'S at a time but didn't make room for BOOTH.

Half the guys that commit these days cite playing time, are they not competitors?

Name me how many schools in the history of college football have brought in 3 great RBS in the same class, or 2 5 star QB'S IN THE SAME class. Remember Paulk is not rated as high and is injured so he might be more willing to stay, but we might ask him to grayshirt sometime in the spring or summer whenever we need that scholarship. Somebody has to!

Nobody on this board has said we don't want 3 great RBS or that you cannot play 2 RBS. Most teams have 5 or 6 on their roster spread out over different years. Most players know that you cannot have 3 1000 yd rushers on same team and very rarely 2.

Who would count on all 3 RBS finishing their careers at UT?

It will not shock me if Paulk never plays a down for UT. I'm not saying thats good or bad.

So will we keep recruiting Williams, remember you can never have enough!

You do not belong on this site. You speak logic and good sense. Posters on this site all supposed to be orange glasses wearing pollyannas who deny history and facts. Thank you for the dose of sanity.

Plasticman85 writes:

As Pink Floyd would say. " Just another brick in the wall...."
Now, watch as Butch and company add a skyscraper on signing day with Adoree Jackson! We are kicking some .......

gc_scvol writes:

in response to oldster:

Hardly out of touch. I have seen what has happened to the football program since PF was fired. Evidently, you have not or have ignored it.

In fact, I was not very happy when they changed from the Single wing. However, the modern offenses are quite similar in many ways. It just goes to prove that old fashions come back in style.

I will only "get used to it" when the Vols return to at least the level they were under PF during the first 7 years of this millennium. Hopefully, BJ will do it, but so far he has proven little. While his first team did defeat a ranked team, the overall record was not only a losing one, but no better than what Dooley could have done.

Can't feed the trolls. Oh, by the way you need to see some body about that Schizophrenia.

maciste54 writes:

I am a happy Vol camper.

murrayvol writes:

If Butch can flip a couple of top tier talents and land Jackson, this would truly be an epic year on the recruiting trail.

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