Class of 2008 profile: RB Darrell Scott

As he prepares for Moorpark (Calif.) High's contest with Agoura, televised on FSN Prime Ticket this Friday night, elite 2008 running back Darrell Scott (6-1, 205) still is in awe over a couple of his runs in last weekend's comeback win over Thousand Oaks.

"I put some moves on some guys I didn't even know I had," said Scott. "I consider myself a little bit of both power and speed, but I didn't even know I had moves."

What Scott does have, and will probably receive a lot more of over the next 15 months, is offers to play running back in college.

"I've got around sixteen offers so far," said Scott. "They started coming in (verbally) after my sophomore season but now a lot of schools have been writing to me."

Amongst the ones that Scott knew off the top of his head were USC, Michigan, Washington and Oregon.

"I think Cal has offered me too," said Scott. "Florida State and UCLA haven't yet, but I think they will."

Scott said that Florida State was his favorite school growing up, but as his stock rises, he said that he's going to remain wide open.

"It's open season," said Scott. "I'm waiting out for all of my option. I want to go through the whole process. I mean, I kind of want to commit early, but I want to take some trips, see all these schools."

Scott also said that his family has left the decision up to him.

"They want me nearby, but if I want to go my favorite school and it's not nearby, then they're good with that," said Scott. "I'm willing to go anywhere right now."

For Scott, this much attention this early in the game is something he had an inkling would happen.

"I had a hunch it would happen," said Scott. "I'm enjoying it a lot. I get a lot of attention but I don't let it go to my head. My mom always keeps me level."

With plenty of time left in his recruitment, though, Scott said he's just trying to focus on his season. The Musketeers are coming off a CIF Division IV runner-up campaign, which saw them lose to St. Bonaventure in the championship game.

"That was a lifelong dream to make it to the championship. I vowed I'd make it to the championship," said Scott. "But now we want to win it."

Through five games, Scott is doing everything in his power to take the Musketeers back to the finals. They dropped their first game of the year, to Canyon, 33-14, but that was the lone game he was held under 200 yards. Since then, he's gone for 245, 260 and 225 then topped it off with a 275-yard, four touchdown performance against Thousand Oaks, in which Moorpark scored 31 unanswered points.

"Everyone was keying on me and I just had to bring my a-game," said Scott. "In fact, everyone keys on you and every game you have to be ready."

Altogether, Scott has rushed for 1,164 yards and 15 touchdowns and this week will get to strut his stuff against Agoura in the High School Game of the Week.

"That's kind of nerve-racking since everyone will be watching, but we just have to deal with the pressure," said Scott. "My offensive line, they're a big part of my success. They work hard every day and make it easy for me."

Academically, Scott is in good shape and will take the SAT in the spring.


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