Talented RB Wants a 1,000 Double-Double

A football prospect who is very interested in the Auburn Tigers talks about recruiting and his plans for the 2008 season.

Cross City, Fla.--Talented running back Rodney Scott will head into his senior season at Dixie County High School with an ambitious personal goal.

The five-foot-nine, 189-pound speedster has already proven he is a top-notch runner. This fall he wants to show he is just as good a receiver as he is a runner.

"My goal this coming season is to gain 1,000 yards rushing and a 1,000 yards receiving," he says.

"I wouldn't say I have great hands, but when it comes down to it, I can catch the ball," says Scott, who notes that he will be working on that aspect of his game during spring practice that starts May 1st and during the 2008 season.

It is safe to assume he has the running part of his game mastered. During one stretch last season, he put together five consecutive 200-yard rushing performances and finished with 2,017 yards, an average of better than eight yards per carry. He scored 27 TDs.

He only caught 11 passes as a junior, but two went for touchdowns to go with 20 other scores on running plays. He netted 151 yards as a receiver.

Although he has been clocked at under 4.5 in the 40, Scott doesn't rate speed as his best attribute as a football player. "I would say it would probably be my power," says Scott, who runs out of the tailback slot in a traditional "I" formation attack.

A player who has been a varsity starter since his ninth grade year, he has put up impressive numbers throughout high school. "I know my sophomore season I had something like 1,500 yards and my freshman season I had around 900 yards," he says.

An athlete who starts at forward on his school's basketball team, he averaged 11 points per game as a junior after earning Class 2A All-State honors in football last fall.

Scott has a scholarship offer from Auburn and he says the Tigers are a team he really likes. "I would say Auburn is at the top," he states. "After that I like South Florida, Florida, Florida State and Miami." South Florida and Florida have offered scholarships, but Florida State and Miami haven't, Scott says.

Commenting on those schools, he says, "I like the coaching staff and everything at Auburn. At South Florida I like the coaches and players. At Florida I like the coaches and the facilities. I haven't had a chance to visit Florida State yet, but I like the coaches I have talked to. I have talked to the coaches at Miami and they asked me to come down there and I told them I would try to make it."

Although he isn't a big back, Scott has a reputation for being physical so it is not surprising his favorite game last season was one with a lot of contact. "When we played Hamilton County they kept hitting me hard and that just made me want to get the ball more and more," he says. When the final whistle blew, Scott had his career high rushing total of 292 yards.

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