Changing the leader

South Carolina has long been the leader for four-star Havelock (N.C.) running back Derrell Scott. However, that changed last Friday after he placed a phone call to Florida State running back coach Jay Graham.

"The conversation was really good," said 5-foot-11, 185-pound Derrell Scott. "We talked about how if I came there, I would have a chance to play early. He told me I'm their top guy."

"Right now, Florida State is getting really close to passing South Carolina. Those schools are tied at the top for me now."

Scott admitted that the conversation with Graham as well as their longstanding relationship played a role in Florida State joining Gamecocks atop list.

"We've had a good relationship for a while now – even though he's been at different schools," Scott said. "I just feel like I really relate to him. When we talk, we always have a good time. Another thing is we don't always talk about recruiting. He talks to me about everything."

Scott's other top schools remain the same – Ohio State, Notre Dame and Clemson – in that order. But one school is making a push to join the group.

"N.C. State is moving up a little bit," said Scott. "They haven't moved into my top five, but I'm looking at them harder now. I'm going to watch them this season to see how they do."

"I think the coaches have something good going on over there. Coach (Desmond) Kitchings has been recruiting me hard – telling me how he wants me to stay in-state. He's been telling me that if I came there, I would play immediately. He also said I'm a great player and that I would attract more big-time players to come play there."

Wednesday will be a pivotal day for Scott's recruitment. Coaches from Pac-12 powerhouse Oregon will visit Havelock and Scott would love to receive an offer from the Ducks.

"I'm excited about that one," he said. "Coach (Gary) Campbell (running backs coach) has been telling me that they're really interested in me and that I'm a great running back."

As for summer, the Scout 100 prospect will likely take trips to Florida State, Ohio State, West Virginia and possibly camp at Florida.

He has no definite timetable for his college decision.

Last season, Scott finished with 180 carries for 1760 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also had 11 receptions for 190 yards and two touchdowns. Top Stories