Tennessee added another highly ranked prospect to its impressive 2014 recruiting class Monday.
Top247 all-purpose back Derrell Scott of Havelock (N.C.) High School announced Monday that he has committed to Tennessee.
Top247 senior all-purpose back Derrell Scott of Havelock (N.C.) High School announced Monday afternoon that he has committed to the Vols, choosing Tennessee over South Carolina and Florida during a ceremony at his school.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Scott gave the Vols their 34th known commitment for the 2014 class and their third from a running back, 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.
Scott is ranked the nation’s No. 126 overall player and No. 3 all-purpose back in the 247Sports Composite, which equally weighs prospect rankings and ratings from major recruiting media outlets.
Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina State and Florida all hosted Scott on official visits over the past four months. He traveled to Tennessee on his first official visit the weekend of Oct. 5 for its home game against Georgia.
South Carolina emerged as the early favorite to land Scott and was believed to be the team to beat for months, but the Vols became a serious contender after his official visit to Knoxville and surged into the lead over the past couple of months.
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.
Vols running backs coach Robert Gillespie served as Scott’s primary recruiter for Tennessee.