There's another budding star on the scene ready to take top billing in Nashville – and we're not talking of the Carrie Underwood country music variety.
More like the A.J. Whitmore play-making mold.
Nashville junior tailback DeShawn Scoggins (5-11, 193, 4.48) is now all set to step of Whitmore's shadow after already being proclaimed one of Arkansas' best 2008 football prospects.
"it was an honor to play alongside such a great player as A.J., who could just about do anything on a football field," Scoggins said. "Now with him moving on to college football, I just have to try to step up and be the type of leader he was this season."
Whitmore, who signed with Tulsa, ran the show as the quarterback for Nashville last season while getting plenty of help from Scoggins, who rushed for over 1,500 yards while finding the end zone 28 times.
The pair led Nashville all the way to the state title this season – a 21-20 win over Warren in a game that was decided on a controversial last-second play and was in doubt for a few minutes after the game.
"We started jumping around and screaming that we had won and all of a sudden they are showing the replay and we looking for some confirmation," Scoggins said. "They ended up ruling we had stopped them and the rest was history."
Scoggins already has an offer from Tulsa and hopes to have one from Arkansas before too long.
He came to the Razorbacks' Junior Day back on Feb. 24.
"I really enjoyed my visit up there and visiting with the coaches and looking everything over," Scoggins said. "They've got a great campus with great facilities and I was really impressed with everything."
While Tulsa co-offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn is recruiting Scoggins for the offensive side of the ball, the Razorbacks are looking at him as a cornerback according to UA assistant Bobby Allen.
"Coach Malzahn is talking about me coming over there and playing with A.J. and playing running back and that interests me a lot," Scoggins said. "Coach Allen mentioned to me that Arkansas is really looking at me as more of a cornerback."
Scoggins said he would prefer to stay on the offensive side of the ball.
"Really I have played running back all my life and that is where I want to play in college," Scoggins said. "But don't get me wrong, I love Arkansas and would love to play there. Playing cornerback wouldn't be something where I would just say I don't want to go there."
Scoggins did say he wishes Whitmore would have ended up at Arkansas, but that the Razorbacks only showed interest at the end.
"The big thing was that A.J. got to go D-I, but I wish it had been at Arkansas because that's what he really wanted to do," Scoggins said. "Everybody was missing out on him. He is a playmaker no matter where he ends up playing. It kind of sucks because his heart was here in Arkansas, but everything happens for a reason I guess."
Scoggins is also getting interest from schools such as Alabama and Kansas State.
"I'll just see how it all plays out and who is really interested in me and what the best situation for me is," Scoggins said. "I think it is going to be a lot of fun going through the process."
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