Although we're just getting in to the swing of things for the class of 2007 from a recruiting standpoint, it's never too early to look ahead to the class of 2008. Last Friday we attended the Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon- Moorpark (Calif.) game and came away very impressed with Musketeer junior running back Darrell Scott.
Scott, 6-0, 190 pounds is a player we liked a lot last season after he rushed for 1,988 yards and 19 touchdowns. He earned 1st team all-state underclass honors for his effort and showed Friday that he should be a national top 100 player next season.
Scott has a great frame and combines the ability to run inside or outside. He's a physical player who does not shy away from contact and really finishes his runs well. Playing against one of the state's best teams (No. 2 in the state by CalHiSports) and best defenses, Canyon played eight men in the box all night and Scott still found enough room to rush for 156 yards and one touchdown.
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What makes Scott so intriguing is he has great speed to go with his size and downhill running style. The athlete clocked a 10.68-100m last track season and looks to be almost full speed after one or two yards. He hits the hole hard, has excellent vision and balance and really looks like he has the total package to be one of the nation's top recruits a year from now.
"He already has verbal offers from Colorado, Michigan, Boise State and BYU," Moorpark coach Tim Lins. Said. "Darrell is the total package. He's a strong runner who can run right through but he also has the speed to get outside. He's going to be a big time player for us no question."
The class of 2008 promises to be one of the best in recent years for in-state running back recruiting and Scott deserves to be mentioned in any conversation regarding who the top back in the state next year will be.