Over the past four years, Derrell Scott has helped lead Havelock to a 58-5 record and three state championships.
“He’s meant a lot to us not only as a football player, but also as a team leader,” said Havelock head coach Jim Bob Bryant. “He’s been a good role model for the rest our program to follow. He’s going to be a hard kid to replace – not only on the field – but off the field as well.
“He’s got to be close to a state record for consecutive starts. We only played 15 games his freshman season, but we played 16 games the other three seasons – and he’s started every game since he was a freshman.”
On the field, what makes Scott so good?
“First of all, he’s got God-given ability,” Bryant said. “There are several guys that have God-given ability, who don’t turn out to be the player that Derrell Scott is. The next part is his work ethic – the way he works during the offseason – the way he works during the season.
“Most high school kids put their social life and other things ahead of working out. Faith, family and football – that’s what we say at Havelock – in that order. Derrell does that.”
Despite breaking his hand in the state championship game, the four-star running back has continued to work.
“It’s driving him crazy right now because he has a cast on his hand and can’t lift weights,” Bryant said. “A few weeks ago, he was out on the field with his parachute running sprints with his cast on."
The nation’s No. 17 running back is also very active in his community.
“I’m not sure if we’re going to be in school Wednesday because of the weather, but he’s one of the kids that is supposed to go to an elementary school to do a read along day with me,” Bryant said.
“He went with me last year. And when he walks into to the room at an elementary school, the kid’s eyes light up. They know who he is. He’s become a Havelock icon.”
Bryant said Scott's support system at home has played a large role in his success.
“It’s a tribute to not only Derrell, but his parents,” Bryant said. “His mother and father have done an outstanding job raising him. He’s a good, Christian, grounded kid.”
Through the years, the Havelock head coach has coached several good players, but Scott is up at the top.
“Derrell’s an all-around player that can do a little bit of everything,” Bryant said. “He can run the ball, catch it, and help in the return game and even play defensive back. He ranks up there in the top one or two football players I've ever coached.”
According to Bryant, the future is extremely bright for Scott.
“He’s such a smart kid,” Bryant said. “I think what will happen is that he’ll graduate in less than four years. I also think he’s going to start as a freshman at Tennessee. And I also think he’s going to have a chance to play in the NFL – and play for several years. After that, I think he’s going to be able to go do whatever he wants to do.
“No matter what happens, he’s going to be just fine because he’s going to approach whatever he does in life the same way he approaches the weight room and football field – and that’s with everything he has.”