Scott Focused On Three

Havelock (NC) four-star tailback Derrell Scott talks about his recruitment, timeline for a decision, and much more.

Derrell Scott arrived in California Tuesday morning for the Semper Fi All-American Bowl.

Due to a hand injury he suffered during the state championship, Scott will not be able to play in this weekend's game. However, he is looking forward to the experience.

"I'm excited to be out here and I'm going to enjoy the trip," said the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Scott. "I'm looking forward to getting to know people."

In regards to his recruitment, the four-star running back is down to North Carolina State, South Carolina and Tennessee.

"It's still pretty much those same schools," Scott said. "N.C. State has already had their head coach come in for their (in-home) visit, but South Carolina and Tennessee haven't."

He enjoyed the in-home visit from N.C. State.

"Coach (Dave) Doeren and (running backs) coach (Desmond) Kitchings visited," he said. "It was a good visit. They were preaching to me about being a hometown hero and how they wanted me to stay in-state and that I wouldn't have to wait to play."

Although Tennessee and South Carolina have not visited Scott, he has been in contact with the coaches.

"I've talked to (Tennessee running backs) coach (Robert) Gillespie and coach (Butch) Jones," Scott said. "Coach Jones has been telling me how much he really likes me and how he wants me to come in and run the ball for him.

"I talk to (South Carolina defensive line) coach (Deke) Adams and he's been telling me that I'm their No. 1 guy. And that they really want me to come in and compete and play like (former Havelock teammate and current freshman wide receiver) Pharoh (Cooper) did this year."

The upcoming in-home visits will go a long way in helping Scott decide where he will go to school.

"I'm going to ask them a lot of questions, so I can see what they think about me and where I really stand with them," Scott said. "And make sure I'm going somewhere that I'm really wanted and needed."

He has a tentative timeline for a decision.

"I'm probably going to make my decision after my last home visits because Tennessee and South Carolina are going bring their head coaches to my house," he said.

"I'm going to talk to my parents and the people close to me – tell them what I'm thinking – and decide. After the visits, I'll probably make my decision in a week or two."

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