Tigers Get RB Commitment

Auburn picked up its ninth commitment of the class of 2009 on Thursday.

Cross City, Fla.--Dixie County High School running back Rodney Scott (5-9, 190) has verbally committed to Auburn.

"I like the coaching staff," Scott says of Auburn. "I really like everything about Auburn.

"I made up my mind last night but I wanted to talk to my dad and my coach and his wife this morning. I made my final decision this morning."

Recruited for the Tigers by coaches Steve Ensminger and Eddie Gran, Scott says the relationship he built with both was big in his decision to choose Auburn as was a history of producing running backs by the Tigers.

"I think the coaches like me a lot and they want me to go there a lot," Scott says. "I think I fit in when I first went down there.

"Coach Ensminger, I talk to him all the time," he adds. "It just seems like it's someplace I can go and feel at home. Coach Gran is a good guy. I talked to him yesterday. He said he wanted to coach me and that's big because a lot of big-name running backs went there and a lot of them are in the NFL now."

Scott was a Florida 2A All-State selection and 2A Player of the Year last season as a junior after rushing for 2,017 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also had 151 yards receiving and a pair of scores.

Scott is a Scout.com three-star prospect and the 69th rated running back in the country. He chose Auburn over offers from South Florida, Ole Miss and Mississippi State, South Carolina, Arkansas, Clemson, Purdue, North Carolina State and several others. He also showed interest in two other in-state schools, Florida State and Miami.

Although he run under 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, the running back doesn't rate speed as his best attribute. "I would say it would probably be my power," says Scott, who runs out of the tailback slot in a traditional "I" formation offensive system for Dixie County but also works some out of the shotgun in a spread attack.

A player who is also a starter in basketball, he averaged 11 points per game in that sport as a junior. He has started in football since his ninth grade season and had 1,500 yards as a sophomore and 900 more as a freshman.

A member of the BETA Club at Dixie County, Scott says he considers himself a good student.

Scott is the ninth commitment of the class of 2009 for Auburn. Click here for the full list.

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