Rutgers Nabs Talented RB in Scott

Over the past two seasons the Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost two very talented running backs to the NFL, however the cupboard definitely isn't bare as they have continued to recruit well at the position. On Wednesday they added another talented player to their backfield in Desmond Scott, a four-star running back from Durham, N.C.

When we spoke to Tony Scott, the father of Desmond Scott, last week on the phone during his car ride home from Rutgers you could hear in his voice the excitement that lingered from the unofficial visit. The Scarlet Knights were not really a big player in the recruitment of the 5-foot-9, 180-pound ball carrier until then, but shortly after the visit a press conference was set up and it became somewhat obvious which way he would be going.

"I committed today during my press conference," Scott said. "It was a great experience for me and also great for my school because the media was there and I had friends and family around as well as my team. It was something I have never seen before and even though the atmosphere was very calm I was obviously very excited."

In the end the Big East had two finalists in the running for the Hillside High School running back's services.

"West Virginia is a great school and the coaching staff there told me I could play immediately if I committed which would have been a plus," Scott stated. "I liked a lot of things about it there, but Morgantown is very small and I wanted to be in the New York/New Jersey atmosphere because I feel I'll grow more there personally."

"When I went up last Tuesday with my father for my unofficial visit to Rutgers it was essentially an official visit in the way they approached us," Scott explained. "I got to meet with the Dean, academic advisors and all of the right people for me to be able to come to a decision. The coaching staff was great and I got to learn a lot about their backgrounds which were all impressive, especially Head Coach Greg Schiano."

We talked to Scott a bit about what Coach Greg Schiano and the rest of his coaching and support staff have done at Rutgers and how he feels about that progress.

"I know they didn't start off well as a program, but when Coach Schiano got there he built the program up and now we're trying to win a national championship. People have been telling me that my body and running style remind them a lot of Ray Rice and the staff likes my hands and think I can create mismatches in the open field, so I'll be used a lot in the passing game."

What does he think of Rutgers sending two straight running backs on the first day of the draft in 2007 and 2008?

"The coaches know what they're doing there," Scott added. "I'm not Ray Rice or Brian Leonard though, I'm Desmond Scott and that's who I'm going to play like. The coaches will do their jobs and I'll do mine and we'll be successful. For me the biggest thing was really the academic side of things. I think Rutgers will be an outstanding place for me to get away from home, get a great education and grow as a man."

Scott gives the Scarlet Knights their seventh commitment for 2008.

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