Buckeyes Impress Derrell Scott

By Jeremy Birmingham on June 22, 2013 at 5:19p
Derrell Scott is one of the nation's top tailbacks

Among the 800-plus campers showcasing their skills at Ohio State yesterday was Derrell Scott, one of the country's top tailbacks in the class of 2014. Scott has had a Buckeye offer for some time, and this trip to Ohio State was an important one for the Buckeyes hoping to make an impression on the Havelock (N.C.) native. 

It appears that they did just that.

"It was great," Scott said of the visit to Columbus. "It was really great to get a feel for Coach (Stan) Drayton and how he coaches and things like that."

A player that one person close to the Buckeyes described as "a freak," Scott was impressive all morning at Ohio State, making himself almost impossible to stop in one-on-one drills with an uncanny ability to change directions and do it without losing his speed. Scott has been rumored to be a South Carolina and Florida State battle, but star tailback says that the Buckeyes are definitely still in the mix.

"People think that I am going to South Carolina or Florida State because my best friend is at South Carolina and because I have a good relationship with Coach Graham at Florida State," he said. "Sometimes it makes me frustrated when people assume they know what I am doing or thinking."

Another thing that makes recruiting frustrating for Scott is the way that coaching staffs seem to all be telling him the same thing.

Derrell Scott runs through and around people.Have the Buckeyes run into Scott's mind?

"Everyone is telling me that I am their number one choice at tailback," he said. "It's not always easy to know who is being sincere and who is not."

The Buckeyes are one of those schools and if you've spent any time watching Scott's highlight tape, it's easy to see why. What did the Buckeyes do to stand out to Scott?

"I really just loved the tradition there, it's all over," he said. "The campus was awesome too, by far the biggest I've seen."

With a key visit out of the way, Scott is starting to think about the future.

"I have definitely thought about going 'away' for school," he said of going north for school. "Ohio State exceeded my expectations. They are one of my top schools. I plan on taking an official visit to see them with my family. I hope to decide after the season. Where I choose has to have a great education first, and I need my family to see the school. I want to see how early I can get on the field, how comfortable I am and I want to win a national championship."

Though he doesn't know what game he'll make it back to Ohio State, Scott is a player to keep an eye on moving forward for Buckeye fans.


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Chief B1G Dump's picture

This staff leaves no stone unturned...another example of recruiting being a marathon to Feb.  We're going to be alllllllright.
I know we have some depth at RB but sign this kid up!  Tommy H and Urbz will find him a way to get the rock.

SilverState's picture

Really want this guy.

tdible2132's picture

The staff must think this class will end up around 23 or so spots.  There are just too many high profile guys that we are in on including Derrell Scott.  I don't see how we could say no to some of these guys just because we decided to fill up early on less touted prospects.

bdh467783's picture

I think Urban and the other coaches have a different system for evaluating players as well. Recruiting services rank these guys with just a general offense or defense in mind. Braxton Miller is the perfect fit for our offense, as well as a bunch of other offenses too, but if a team wants someone to just stay in the pocket pass then Brax would be a lot less of a fit. I know thats pretty obvious to everyone, but I think we tend to forget that guys like Collier and McLaurin probably have a lot better grade with our staff than most others. Also you tend to see a jump in ranking when these sort of lesser known kids sign with Ohio St, or Bama, or any of the powerhouse football schools. I know the guys at 247 get paid to evaluate these guys, but lets not forget that Urbz is the ultimate evaluator. I also think we are seeing so many guys commit and de-commit, and commit and de-commit again that coaches want to get more players early. Also this should not be overlooked, Mclaurin is listed on 247 as a 3 star guy, when Urbz last saw him he challenged him to work his tail off and earn an offer this time around. Sounds like he did just that, which for one shows the staff that this kid is serious, wants to be coached, wants to be pushed, but I think it also shows that this kid has probably gotten better since the last time someone from 247, or any of the other sites, really evaluated this kid real well. So I think we will see him get bumped in the rankings. More importantly though was the things hes saying in the interviews seem like this is exactly what you want out of your recruits. Didnt know much about this kid before a week or two ago but I really like this kid a lot. This post is about more guys than McLaurin too, but he was a pretty good example I think for what I was trying to say.

zebiraross's picture

Thank you so much for the update. Really excited about this young man.


WhySoSerious's picture

Big time player, didnt have much hope for this one.. But this is why i love Ohio State.. This staff really wants that crystal ball and big ups to them for trying to make it happen for us fans.. #cantwaittocelabrate...


Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

SilverBulletNYC's picture

I know this is a guy that Jeremy really likes. Is it possible to take both Curtis Samuel AND Derrell Scott or is it whoever commits first? (I keep reading that Scott projects as a slot receiver). 

The South will NOT rise again!

buckeyeguy0615's picture

I don't understand why we can't just use Scott as a speed back. Like LaMichael James, for example. And Samuel in the slot. Elliott would be a power back as he wants to call himself, even though he probably still is quicker than Scott. This is all too confusing.. I don't know how we can utilize all these guys/

I can still see Elliott and Scott as a very scary tandem in the future.

Buck-I-Guy's picture

It sure is a good problem to have though.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -Woody Hayes

OSUs12-OH's picture

"I plan on taking an official visit to see them with my family. I hope to decide after the season. Where I choose has to have a great education first, and I need my family to see the school. I want to see how early I can get on the field, how comfortable I am and I want to win a national championship."

This part seems to favor the Buckeyes.  FSU and SC haven't won a NC or even came close in the last ten years.  I'd say it's a done deal once his family gets a chance to see what kind of program Urban and his staff are creating in person (kind of like EzE's fam).  I think he's going to be a Buckeye unless the depth scares him away.  

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

buckeyeguy0615's picture

That's why selling him on being running back with Elliott would be the best idea. Why are we bringing in all these guys to translate to the slot position? They can't ALL play there..

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

This kid is a running back, period.

pjtobin's picture

Jeremy , do we have any highlights of this period running back? Lol

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

FROMTHE18's picture

good stuff...hopefully he sticks with his plans and makes an official

Posterchild's picture

Kid looks awesome, after Hyde and Smith graduate, we will still have EzE, Dunn, Bal and even Wilson to tote the rock. But Scott looks insane on film and would be a great speed back.l

Hovenaut's picture

I think the headline could have just as easily read:

"Derrell Scott impresses Buckeyes"

He sure looks the part, sure happy to hear Ohio State is being considered.

harleymanjax's picture

It says he runs a 4.5 40, but in the video he flat out runs away from people!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

MN Buckeye's picture

The kid has some great moves!  And the speed, wow.  Very impressive.

MAVBuck's picture

The cupboard is always stacked. Possibly the Only RB I'd take in this class

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

I personally agree with this statement.

Nick's picture

Come for the Penn State game