It has been a stressful last few weeks for Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure running back Darrell Scott. The pressure of recruiting has started to get to him and as a result, Scott said he wants to narrow his list down and has done that by naming his final 10 schools.
For a lot of players, narrowing your list down to 10 schools is still a pretty big list. For Scott though, when you have offers from just about every top program in the nation, having a top 10 right now and getting it out there is a relief.
"The pressure has kind of gotten to me," Scott said. "The other day I was sitting in class and just kind of felt so overwhelmed. I went and talked with Coach Mack (former St. Bonny coach) and said this was too much and he said it was time I narrowed my list down and told some schools I was no longer looking at them.
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"I'm getting around 45 text messages a day from different schools and even though that is going to stop with the new rules, I just want to put it out there who my final 10 are so the other schools not on my list will back off and I can focus in on the schools I really like.
"So in no order, my final 10 are LSU, Texas, UCLA, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Miami, USC, Cal and Michigan. I'm planning to take some unofficial visits although I'm not sure where I'll be visiting yet.
"There is a good chance I'll commit early, possibly late in the summer because I want to be able to recruit for whatever school I choose. If not, I'll take some trips and have a final five by the summer.
"A few of the schools I know I would like to visit, either officially or unofficially, right now are LSU, Colorado, Florida, Miami, Cal and Michigan. I'm looking for a school where I can come in and play right away and all of those schools need running backs.
"With LSU, they run the ball and have put a lot of backs in to the league. My uncle plays at Colorado and I like Coach Hagan a lot. Florida has a great program and is looking for a big time back.
"Miami is a school I've always liked and they have a tradition of putting backs in to the league. Cal needs a back to replace Marshawn Lynch and Michigan will lose their top backs and I really like Coach English a lot.
"I have no problem staying home or leaving. I'm originally from Tallahassee, Florida so I'm not attached to the West Coast, I'll go anywhere. I'm just looking for a school where I'll feel comfortable and who offers me the best opportunity to succeed."
Scott, 6-0, 215 pounds could be the top back in the nation next year. He has a great combination of size, speed and power and earned state junior of the year honors last year after rushing for 3,194 and 45 touchdowns. He'll be attending the NorCal NIKE Camp at Stanford May 19.