Derrell Scott, an all purpose back out of Havelock, North Carolina, today announced at his school that he will be joining Coach Butch Jones at Tennessee and will become a Vole.
Scott is the ninth best running back in the nation for 2014 according to Rivals.com and is the third back to commit to the side.
He will be joining five-star prospect Jalen Hurd of Beech High School in Hendersonville, Tenn., and three-star running back Treyvon Paulk of Milton (Ga.) High School as freshmen at the school next season.
Coach Jones and running backs coach Robert Gillespie made it a special priority to get Scott on board and they got their man. Just a couple of weeks ago, it looked like the 202nd ranked player in the nation overall was a dead cert for South Carolina, so the coaches must've pulled off something pretty special to sway his decision.
“That’s what really did it for me,” the 5-foot-10, 180-pound prospect said. “I felt real comfortable with them all the time. I felt like Coach G would be a really good teacher for me the next four years.”
It is expected that Scott will not redshirt his first season and instead, along with Hurd, see some game-time almost immediately, owing to the Vols lack of depth at the position.
Scott is a friend and former teammate of Tennessee freshman defensive end Kendal Vickers, a former South Carolina commitment who joined the Vols last year as a late addition to their 2013 recruiting class.