2009 Intro: Desmond Scott

DURHAM, N.C. --- Desmond Scott's name has been well known for so long that he sure doesn't seem like a junior. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound tailback has been a fixture on the recruiting radar since recording the highest SPARQ rating at the Nike Combine held in Clemson as a rising sophomore nearly two years ago.

"It's a blessing that I started so young," Scott said. "… Now I'm in the process of eliminating [schools] and just having fun."

The summer heading into his sophomore and junior seasons, Scott continued to impress observers while participating in one day camps at several colleges and subsequently received verbal scholarship offers at several of his stops.

Scott currently holds written offers from Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Tennessee, and West Virginia. He also holds seven verbal offers, including one from UNC.

Although Rutgers sends him the most mail – a handwritten letter daily – Scott says Duke is recruiting him the hardest.

As a nearby standout who has drawn national attention, there's a perception that Scott perhaps lacked strong interest in UNC – or vice-versa. Scott says nothing could be further from the truth. He has unofficially visited UNC on several occasions, including football games last fall, the Junior Day in February, and most recently Monday's Spring Game.

"I enjoyed myself [at the Spring Game]," Scott said. "I was with my teammates and coaches. I liked what I saw. I can really see myself implemented into their offensive style."

Furthermore, Scott speaks with his primary recruiter at UNC, Kenny Browning, at least once every two weeks.

"We often don't talk about football," Scott said. "He's a very down to earth guy and sees the potential in me."

Following his sophomore football season, Scott made the decision to transfer from Southern Durham to Durham Hillside. The move put Scott in a backfield with Maryland signee Gary Douglas.

"I think the coaches did an excellent job using me in their program," Scott said. "… Coach [Antonio] King is an offensive mind. He used me as an H-back, receiver, running back – he did a good job using my talents to his advantage."

Scott ended the season with 905 yards and 11 touchdowns on 140 rushes, and 38 catches for 625 yards and three scores.

"He's an explosive, strong runner," Hillside head football coach Ray Harrison said. "What he did for the team overall – blocking, and a lot of times we used him as a decoy – [was important]. So he allowed a lot of other guys to shine. But he's the total team player, so he didn't really care about stats – he just wanted to win."

With Douglas graduated, Scott will be the featured running back in Hillside's newly installed spread-option offense.

"He'll be doing everything [this season]," Harrison said. "He'll be running the ball a lot. He'll be our main ball carrier, but we do another have running back that's pretty good, too. Des' will be the main guy now. We'll motion him out of the backfield and he'll catch the ball still."

Prior to his senior football season, Scott hopes to have his recruitment wrapped up.

"I'm in the process of seeing what the city that the school is in has to offer me – is it a place where I'd like to stay and raise my family? And the education program at the school – I want to teach – and the coaches, and the football players," Scott said.

Scott says that he has already begun to narrow his list of favorites down. However, he won't officially announce his finalists, which will be four to five schools, until the summer.

Until then, Scott will continue to make unofficial visits. This weekend, he and several of his teammates will travel to Florida, and he has trips scheduled to Rutgers (on April 30th) and Ohio State. He's also considering visiting Connecticut and West Virginia.

Desmond Scott Profile

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