Nation's No. 1 RB Considering UNC

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure running back Darrell Scott, the top-ranked running back prospect in the country, has set up his first two official visits for the next two weekends, but he's focusing on more important things than recruiting ...

To say that the nation's top running back has been playing his recruitment close to the vest would be an understatement.

But Scott is focused on bigger things, like winning a ring or two.

"I'm just sitting back and cruising through the season," said Scott. "I need one ring (a CIF Section title), but I'll take two of them (another for the State Bowl Game). My focus has been on the season and winning."

So Scott has laid low with recruiting, and he said that every college recruiting him, which is just about every major program in the country, knows that.

"I know how to turn off the phone," said Scott. "I just tell all of the recruiters that I want to finish the season, and then I'm wide open."

But Scott will actually let recruiting be a factor in the next two weekends, as he has scheduled official trips to Big 12 schools for this weekend and next.

"This weekend I'm going to Colorado for an official visit when they play Missouri," said Scott. "I'll be seeing Josh (Josh Smith, a freshman receiver for the Buffs who is Scott's uncle). Then after that, I'm going to Texas the following weekend."

Following his trips to Big 12 county, Scott will venture into the SEC, with one trip all but officially set up, and another one likely to happen.

"I know I'm going to Florida later this month, and I'll probably trip to LSU," said Scott.

Meanwhile, the two local schools are keeping their hats in the ring for the top prospect in the West.

"I'm still looking at USC, they're always in the picture) and UCLA, I'm still looking at them pretty closely. I've been to two of their games already (against BYU and Washington)."

Another school who has surprisingly been active out West is North Carolina, led by new coach Butch Davis.

"I'm taking a look at North Carolina," said Scott. "I want to see what they're made of."

Scott said a couple of factors will play a role in his decision on where he chooses.

"The depth chart for one thing - how soon can I play?" said Scott. "And I want to see the team chemistry, see how the coaching staff is and how the academics are."

Scott, though, said no school has emerged as a leader and he's in no real rush to make a decision. In fact, he's got two targets as potential announcement dates.

"I'll either announce on Signing Day or at the Army Game, but I'm going to take all of my visits," said Scott.

Scott was the first player selected to the West squad for the U.S. Army Game, and joined Terrelle Pryor as the first two players selected.

"It is an honor to be selected, especially since I look up to Reggie Bush and he played in this game," said Scott. "I feel pretty good that I was selected."

Scott joins former Seraph stars Lorenzo Booker, Whitney Lewis, Blaine Irby, Terrail Lambert and Michael Williams as St. Bonaventure players selected to the game.

Through eight games, Scott has rushed for 1,391 yards and 16 touchdowns while handling the punting for the No. 2-ranked Seraphs.

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