Jonesboro RB Scott may be state's top prospect

There seems to be a little debate over who the No. 1 player is in Louisiana for 2006 but there is little doubt that Jonesboro Hodge running back Charles Scott is the best at his position.

Scott, a 6-foot, 225-pounder is a dynamite looking back with tremendous power and good vision. Throw in the fact that he is a legitimate 4.5-guy and you have the makings of a big time back at the next level.

"He runs the ball real well and is just so physical," said Jonesboro-Hodge head coach Shannon Brown. "He has some speed and you can tell he has some running ability. Very rarely do you see one guy bring him down. He catches the ball well out of the backfield too so I think he would be a nice fit in a one-back set."

As a junior, Scott made his mark not only as a terrific back but also as a great all-around player. He set the tone for Jonesboro Hodge's offense with 184 rushes for over 1,700 yards and 18 scores but he was just as valuable on defense and special teams. Coaches in his district voted him the district MVP on defense and he added five scores on special teams with three on kickoff returns and two more on fumble returns.

Oklahoma was the first team to reward Scott's efforts with a scholarship offer and a few days later Duke and LSU did the same. Other schools that are showing strong interest in the big back are Auburn, Alabama, Texas and Texas A&M.

Scott has already made one unofficial visit to LSU for junior day a couple of weeks ago and someone who will give him a lot of help with his decision accompanied him.

"His mom went with him and she loved LSU," Brown said. "She has a big influence on Charles and she will have something to say about where he goes. She is an elementary school teacher and I know she really loved the academic center. Of course, Charles loved everything too and who wouldn't."

Before Scott and his mother left Baton Rouge, Les Miles gave the star-studded runner a verbal offer. Two days later, Miles called to talk to Brown and to let him know FedEx would be dropping off an official offer in writing later that day.

"He just relayed what was in the letter that they offered him and they were committed to him," he said. "Coach Miles said he wants a big powerful tailback and he was the one."

Sonny's Take: This may sound like a cliché but Scott has the total package. He has size, speed, strength, intelligence, grades (fully qualified) and character. What more could you ask for? LaBrandon Toefield comes to mind when I think of his running style. He is a tough runner between the tackles and if he gets outside he can kick it into a higher gear.

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