Scott holds down the middle for Dupage

The key to a lot of defenses run today is a huge presence in the middle of the line. Dupage DT Darius Scott (6-5, 340) can take up blockers, collapse the pocket and stuff the run. He's already got several D-1 programs intrigued with his skills and he updated about that as well as what he's been up to so far this summer...

"I've been working hard on my weight and my quickness," Scott told recently. "I just want to cut down on my body fat and get leaner and I also think that will help me be quicker.

"I'm down to about 340 right now and I'd like to be about 330 or so by the time the season starts, but honestly, I'm just working hard on my overall game."

Scott prepped at North Chicago Community High School and had quite a few schools looking at him, but he broke a bone in his foot at the San Antonio Combine that required surgery and he also wasn't going to qualify so that interest dried up.

"I was going to sign with Nebraska, but since I wasn't going to qualify they referred me to Dupage," Scott recalled. "The program here is really good and the coaching staff here gets the most out of you, so it was the best situation for me."

As a three-technique defensive tackle in the Chapparals system, Scott was dominant in the middle, wracking up 31 tackles, five tackles-for-loss and two sacks while basically being a thorn in the opposing offensive line's side.

"We rotated a lot so I played some one tech and some three tech," Scott said. "I can do either one, but I love to play three tech because I can use my bull rush and get after the quarterback and that's my favorite thing to do."

Scott is able to anchor inside using his impressive 5.2 fort time to go along with a 370 pound max on the bench and a 520 pound squat as well.

On the recruiting front this time around, Scott doesn't have any early offers, but he does have several programs watching what he's been up to.

"Kansas State, Illinois, Minnesota, LSU, Middle Tennessee and Utah are the main ones recruiting me right now," Scott said. "I've gotten a lot of letters from MAC and Big 10 schools, but right now, those are really the schools that seem the most interested."

Scott is on pace to graduate in May and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll continue to track Scott's progress throughout the season and we'll update news as it happens. Darius Scott Scout Profile

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