Scott Looks to Grow & Excel at Rutgers

For Desmond Scott, it was down to West Virginia and Rutgers. The four-star running back made his decision and chose the Scarlet Knights. They have a solid football program, but it's what they offered Scott outside of football that made him decide to choose the school in Piscataway.

It's a good place to grow as a man," Scott said about Rutgers. "It's not too far from New York and I'll be able to spread my wings."

Scott had the chance to go to schools near by such as Duke he said, but chose the Knights because he wanted to go away from home. The location of the school was also a big reason.

"I wanted to move away," Scott said. "It's a great place in the ideal area. You can make connections there and it's the ideal place for an upcoming man."

Education was also a factor in his final decision as Scott said Rutgers was tied with Duke for third in the national Academic Progress Rate (APR) rankings.

With former Knights Brian Leonard and Ray Rice each getting taken in the second round of the NFL Draft, the program has begun to establish itself as a program for runners. Scott said the emergence of the Rutgers backfield had somewhat of an effect on his final choice because it shows you can make the leap to the next level playing in the Garden State.

"It swayed the decision a little," he said. "Ray Rice is a great guy and it shows the coaching staff can put running backs in the [NFL]."

To prepare for the college brand of football, Scott said every part of his game needs fine tuning so he can compete at the highest level.

"Everything," he said when asked what he could improve upon before heading to Rutgers. "My weight, speed, power and agility."

He's gotten a chance to meet and befriend Rutgers four-star commit, Tom Savage. They have the potential to be a special backfield for three to four years.

Scott, who's the No. 31 ranked running back in the 2009 Scout.com High School Football Rankings, said he's done with his recruiting and will no longer be visiting any schools.


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