Scott Plans UNC Visit

Early in the recruiting process, Derrell Scott eliminated North Carolina from consideration. The four-star prospect now figures to make his first visit to UNC in nearly seven months.

Scott, a 5-foot-10, 178-pound running back, says he and Havelock (N.C.) teammates Michael Bowman and Keion Joyner plan to attend "Zero Dark Thursday," UNC's game against Miami this Thursday.

"I just want to take a look at [UNC]," Scott said. "I'm a little bit interested in them."

While minute, Scott's interest in UNC is a result of Dan Disch's persistence. Disch, who recruits southeast NC for UNC, has kept the line of communication open with Scott the past year and attended his game on Friday.

"I last talked to him early last week when he told me he was coming [to my game]," Scott said. "He said he was really excited to watch me play.

"He's just saying that UNC is a great place and I could do big things there."

Though he has made previous visits to UNC, this will be Scott's first for a game.

"I just want to see what the game atmosphere is like," Scott said. "I want to see how the coaches use the running backs."

Scott revealed that a positive experience on Thursday could push UNC back into the race for his February signature.

UNC has already secured a verbal commitment from the state's other top running back, Elijah Hood. Scott says Hood's presence on the Tar Heels' commitment list won't help or hinder UNC's chances.

"We're different running backs," Scott said.

Scott will receive a sneak peek of what it's like to be Hood's teammate in December when the two represent NC in the Shrine Bowl.

"I'm really excited and I'm really thankful and blessed to play in the Shrine Bowl," Scott said.

"I've thought about [playing with Hood in the Shrine Bowl]. I think it's going to be pretty cool."

Earlier this month, Scott visited Tennessee for his first official trip.

"Everything went good," Scott said. "It was a great visit. I just learned how they're going to use me in the offense. I did everything – I seen the academic facilities."

Scott says his only other definite official visit destination is South Carolina. He has yet to schedule that trip, but his goal is to take it during the season and is eyeing the Gamecock's game against Florida on Nov. 16.

Outside of the aforementioned schools, Scott says he also has interest in Ohio State and NC State. He denies a leader and in fact postponed his initial decision date, which was originally Oct. 25.

In addition to his recruitment, Scott's focus is helping Havelock win its third consecutive NCHSAA 3A title. Havelock is off to an 8-0 start and Scott has rushed for 808 yards and 12 touchdowns on 95 carries (8.5-yard average).

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