Auburn Commit Now Favoring South Florida

USFNation has learned of Breaking News from Dixie Co. running back Rodney Scott. Find out why he's backing out of his commitment to Auburn and what team is likely to get a verbal from him in the next few weeks. Only on -- Get it First, Get it Fast!

"I just think I'm going to stay closer to home."

On Thursday Rodney Scott told USFNation he was re-thinking his decision to stick with his commitment to the Auburn Tigers. We spoke with Scott again on Sunday to make sure he was still feeling the same way.

"I made an early decision and after talking it over with my parents I've decided I want to stay closer to home. It's my decision, it's where I'm going to spend the next 4 years and I want to make sure it's the right fit."

Scott says he has not informed the Auburn coaches of his decision, but he has told his head coach at Dixie County High School, Brett Wilkerson, who was understanding according to Scott.

He's spent a lot of time thinking about playing closer to his family and would like to do it in Tampa.

"I'm favoring South Florida." Adding, "I'll probably commit there before the end of the summer."

As a junior the 5-foot-9, 190 pound back was a workhorse, carrying the ball 250 times for 2,017 yards (a school record) and 27 touchdowns. He also caught 11 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns. He had five straight games of over 200 yards during the middle part of the season.

His coach, Brett Wilkerson recently had this to say about Scott when talking with Jason Caldwell of

"He's a good all-around running back," he notes. "A lot of people consider him a speed back and they talk about his hips and feet, and he does have great hips and feet, but what I love about him is how physical he is. He knows how to plant his foot when it's time to get north and south. He knows how to attack inside shoulders. He's a kid that hardly ever runs out of bounds. He's going to get every yard he can."

"To me he's a complete running back," Wilkerson says. "He's not a scatback. Some people want to consider him an all-purpose back, but to me he's a running back. He's a plant that foot running back, but his speed is where they get that from. He doesn't get caught from behind."

Knowing he wants to stay in state, Scott says there is really only one team he's looking at in Florida.

"If another instate team offered me I'd think about it. It would depend if they could offer me the same opportunity as South Florida." After a long pause Scott added, "But there's no other school that can bring to the table what USF can."

One of the main reason's Scott favors USF is his relationship with the Bulls staff.

"I feel a connection with Coach Canales, he's been recruiting me for a while. I also like the school and city. On the field they fit my running style the best."

Scott says he'll be visiting Tampa in a few weeks for an unofficial visit to South Florida and could make a decision while on campus. Stick with USFNation for the latest breaking news on RB Rodney Scott.

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