Top N.C. RB likes Vols

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Running back is always a position of need in the run-heavy Southeastern Conference, one that must be addressed nearly every season.

While Tennessee has yet to address the running back position in the 2013 class, they are undoubtedly looking forward to 2014 class and one of the most talented players in that class will be 5-foot-11, 185-pound runner Derrell Scott.

The Havelock (N.C.) High School standout is dominating in the junior season rushing for 948 yards and 18 touchdowns through nine games. Ranked as the No. 11 running back in the 2014 class, FOX Sports NEXT has the Havelock, N.C., native as a four-star prospect.

"It feels good to know that I am a four-star prospect," Scott said. "It's nice to have people think highly of you, but now I just have to keep working and maybe I can make it to five star or something like that."

Jay Graham hopes to bring Scott to Rocky Top
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Scott has accumulated 10 offers from Division I programs across the college football landscape. He puts South Carolina atop his list with teams like Florida State, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Alabama, LSU and Tennessee trailing close behind.

Recruiting Scott for the Vols is running backs coach Jay Graham, who has built a solid relationship with Scott thus far.

"It has been a good relationship — Coach Graham is a cool guy," he said. "I talk to him on the phone every now and then and I get mail from them all the time. He just asks me how I am doing and things like that."

Not only does Scott play tailback in high school, but he is also a lock-down corner for the Rams, a position that he has considered playing at the next level.

"I play cornerback and I return kicks too," Scott said. "Most schools are looking at me at running back, but it doesn't matter to me. I don't have any interceptions or anything like that, but schools aren't really throwing to my side ever. I will play wherever schools want me to."

Scott is considered to be one of the most dangerous skill players in the 2014 class and was recently evaluated by regional analyst Michael Clark, who had the following to say of the junior:

"Overall, Scott's upside is very high," said FOX Sports NEXT analyst Michael Clark. "He will continue to get bigger, stronger, and faster. Scott will likely be in contention for the top spot in North Carolina's 2014 class and ultimately be one of the most sought-after recruits in the country."

Watch highlights of Scott running wild below:


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