One of the top prospects from the Tar Heel State is Desmond Scott. Scott, 5-9 and 180 pounds, hails from Durham (N.C.) Hillside High School. He is smaller running back prospect that has versatility and game breaking ability. Scott is quick, shows good vision and balance and can run between the tackles.
"I surprise some people with my power," Scott said. "I think I have deceptive power. Believe it or not I love contact. I am a fast back and I have good agility. But I also know I can get better in everything I do. That's why I have worked hard this off-season and I am bigger, stronger and faster."
Scott says he has 14 scholarship offers at this time. Clemson was the first overall while Florida was the first one to offer in writing. Auburn was the latest team to offer. Virginia, West Virginia, N.C. State, Duke, North Carolina, East Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia have all extended him scholarships.
"I have been to all those schools on (unofficial) visits but Alabama and West Virginia. I am going to go visit Ohio State, Rutgers and West Virginia this summer and then narrow down my schools. All of the visits have been terrific and impressive. The schools have done a really nice job of recruiting me."
He will visit South Carolina this Friday.
Scott will have a tough decision at hand. First he will have to trim his school favorites to a more manageable number and then he will ultimately have to pick one. It's something he has been waiting on for a long time.
"My father has said that this is what he wanted for me and we started young. He got my name out there early, at a young age. I try not to get to excited about any of this and to keep things even. I just know that this is a great blessing and that all the hard work is paying off."
So what factors will be important to Scott is making his decision?
"In the end I will do what is best for me. Academics are the big thing. I want to major in education, become a teacher and then a principal. I also want to find a school where I know if I didn't play football and wanted to raise a family would I want to do it there? In terms of football, I have to be able to get along with my coaches and teammates. They will become my second family. We have to have fun and help each other through the tough times."