Scott Eager To Get To Boulder

Forget getting banged up on the football field, Darrell Scott needs to be concerned about getting carpel tunnel syndrome. The tailback was at CU's spring game Saturday, as were a handful of fellow recruits, including two tight ends who will have an opportunity to play early next season.

For a kid who's garnered as much praise and attention as he has, Darrell Scott's a friendly fellow. Unassuming, an eager smile, approachable. Don't believe me, ask one of the hundreds of people who took a moment with the soon-to-be Colorado tailback on Saturday.

Scott was in Boulder from his home in southern California for the weekend to visit with his future teammates and take in the Buffaloes' annual spring game.

He missed most of the first half. Scott spent the first half surrounded by fans who wanted to shake his hand, pat him on the shoulder, get him to sign their shirt and take a photo with him. Scott showed more patience than a great back waiting for his hole to appear at the line of scrimmage.

When Josh Smith — Scott's uncle and a CU receiver — took a the ball on a reverse and nearly broke it for a score, Scott had no idea. He was being tackled — almost — by about 20 admiring youngsters.

Before the game, and before the fans figured out which one was their future hero, Scott talked to some reporters. He said he's very excited to get to Boulder and compete for a spot at tailback. He's been watching film of the offense, trying to learn its nuances. He expects to move to Boulder June 14, a week after he graduates from St. Bonaventure High in Ventura County.

Scott, who was's top-rated running back in the 2008 class, said he hopes to wear No. 2 at CU. He wore it in high school, except for one game when someone stole the jersey and he had to wear No. 21. He scored five touchdowns that game.

Asked if being in Boulder this weekend reaffirmed his excitement to be a Buffalo, Scott said, "I made a great decision. I have no regrets."

In the second half, Scott befriended a recruit on an unofficial visit. Jarrod Darden, a 6-5 receiver from Keller Central High in Keller, Texas, was at Folsom, and Scott hung out with Darden.

"I just wanted to make him feel welcome," Scott said.

Impact Players On Hand?
Scott wasn't the only potential impact player from the incoming class on hand at the spring game. Three of his future teammates chuckled near the game's end when reporters ran toward Scott to get a word. No one appeared to want to speak with tight ends Ryan Deehan and Ryan Wallace or quarterback Tyler Hansen, also part of the 2008 class.

Deehan and Wallace will have a great opportunity to play in 2008 as true freshmen. In fact, coaches hope they'll be ready for action this fall as CU is thin, in terms of numbers, at tight end.

"There's a good chance for us to earn some playing time," Deehan said.

Wallace said getting used to the speed of the game to be the biggest challenge come August. Deehan said the mental aspect and having to go against experienced players will be an adjustment.

Both liked what they saw from Saturday's scrimmage.

"They've used the tight end a lot today," Wallace said. "From our official visits last year to now, they've really changed the offense. I really like the no-huddle stuff. It's a lot like what my high school does."

Both said they'd move to Boulder shortly after the July 4 holiday.

Mohler In The House
Linebacker Shaun Mohler was also at Saturday's spring game.

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