Five-star RB talks Gators

Darrell Scott is the top back in the West and might be the top back in the entire country. At 6-1, 205-pounds and with blazing 4.32 speed, Scott from Ventura (CA) St. Bonaventure has gained 5,182 yards and scored 64 touchdowns the last two seasons. During his junior season, Scott put up Sony Play Station numbers of 3,194 yards on 337 carries and 45 touchdowns.

Darrell Scott has offers from all of his favorites including California, Colorado, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, UCLA and Southern Cal.

Scott just returned from the Ventura County Combine with over 30 division 1-A schools and one NFL scout from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in attendance. Performing on center stage is what Scott has been preparing for all his life; this was no different.

"It was excellent," Scott said. "It couldn't have gone any better. It was perfect. We couldn't run any shuttles or forty times so we went seven on seven and did some one on one drills as well."

If its speed you want, do not worry. At a recent Scout.Com combine, he ran a 4.38 and a 4.32, respectively.

Scott possesses that rare blend of power, vision and cutback ability that at times leaves defenders reaching for air.

"I do a good job of finding the holes," he said. "I have that second gear that I can get to once I am in the open field. I also have power to run you over if I need to at anytime. It doesn't matter if it's a safety or a linebacker I feel like I can run them over."

Scott knows he needs to improve before he takes his game to the next level and his biggest challenge will be to improve his overall footwork.

In the last couple of weeks, Scott has been in contact with the Gator coaching staff.

"Coach [Urban] Meyer and I have been in contact over the last couple of weeks," Scott said. "Coach [Stan] Drayton and I are in touch with each other three to four times a week."

Scott knows that the running back situation is one where he could find playing time as a true freshman.

"The depth chart is something that I am looking at and Florida is definitely on my radar," he said. "Distance is not a factor for me at all. I lived in Tallahassee before we moved to California and I still have a lot of family in the Tampa area."

When asked whom the family pulled for, Scott had this to say, "The family was torn apart. Mom would pull for the Gators and my Dad would pull for the Seminoles and I tried to stay out of the way."

Scott was planning to make his decision before his senior season starts but he is not so sure that will happen.

"I had planned to end this thing before the end of the summer but the way things are going I'm not so sure that's going to happen anymore," he said. "Everything is so overwhelming and taking me longer to decide."

Coach Mullen has told Scott that he will put the ball in his hands and then it is up to him to light up the Swamp. Coach Meyer today told Scott that he is all Gator and that his home is waiting for him. Strong words from the head coach and offensive coordinator of the National Champs. Scott talked about how it made him feel to hear Coach Meyer and Mullen say those things to him.

"It is great knowing that if I was to come to Florida and become a Gator that so many things are possible."

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