RB Rodney Scott leaning to the SEC?

Mississippi Scout
Posted Dec 10, 2008


It does not take long observing Florida's Class 2A Player of the Year in action to know why he is one of the more coveted tailbacks throughout the South. He has the God given ability to cut on a dime and flip his hips and get back to full speed in a blink of an eye. But what separates Rodney from the rest of the pack is his ability to also run through you.

"I love contact," added the 5' 10", 195 pound tailback. "I am basically a power runner, but I have speed and elusiveness too."

Dixie County head coach, Brett Wilkerson, agrees.

"He's a good all-around running back," he notes. "A lot of people consider him a speed back and they talk about his hips and feet, and he does have great hips and feet, but what I love about him is how physical he is. He knows how to plant his foot when it's time to get north and south. He knows how to attack inside shoulders. He's a kid that hardly ever runs out of bounds. He's going to get every yard he can."

"To me he's a complete running back," Wilkerson says. "He's not a scatback. Some people want to consider him an all-purpose back, but to me he's a running back. He's a plant that foot running back, but his speed is where they get that from. He doesn't get caught from behind.”

That speed and elusiveness helped Rodney Scott rush for over 5,300 yards the past three seasons.

"I missed a couple of games this year which hurt my rushing numbers a little bit (1, 151 rushing yards and 24 TD's), but I feel like I really improved my hands this year. I caught the ball a lot better. I had over 300 yards receiving, and I also played a little CB."

Rodney was offered by a host of schools entering his senior season by schools like Auburn, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, MSU, Vandy, Purdue, South Florida, and Clemson, but he decided to cast his lot with Auburn last spring.

"They had been recruited me really hard from the end of my junior season," added Rodney. "It seemed like the place for me, at the time."

After the dust had settled, Scott had become interested in a few more colleges last summer, and decided to reopen his recruitment.

"I just needed to make sure I was making the right decision. I wanted to look around and see what other opportunities were out there."

Auburn ended up dismissing Coach Tuberville, and there was one school in particular who was hoping to capitalize.

"I have a good relationship with Coach Vaughn at Ole Miss. We talk almost every night. He is real cool, and a nice person to be around. I can see myself with him for my future. If I go to Ole Miss, he can be like a second father to me away from home."

Rodney has only scheduled one official visit up to this point.

"I am going to Ole Miss this weekend. I want to meet all of the coaches and see if I fit in. I want to meet the players and see if I fit in with them too. I just want to basically see if I like it enough to commit."

Who else is involved right now?

"Clemson, Auburn, and South Florida."

Clemson has also turned up the heat as of late.

"When Tub got fired, they called me the next morning and asked me if I would be interested in taking a visit. I told them I would get back to them after I got back from Ole Miss."

Where does this leave Auburn?

"Basically when Tub left, it turned me the other direction. They use to run the ball a lot,. I do not think the new guy is going to do what Coach Tub did."

South Florida was a school that really turned Scott's head this summer. Where do the Bulls stand?

"They have been recruiting me every since I committed to Auburn. They started calling me as soon as Coach Tub was let go, and they wanted to know if I was still interested in them or not. It is close to home, but that does not matter because I am not longer committed."

Rodney has not given his commitment to take anymore visits after Ole Miss because he knows there is a chance that it might be his last visit

"I already know what their coaches are all about. I just want to see if they are going to run the ball, and if I can get some early playing time. If I like what I see, that is where I will probably end up. If I think I need to see some more places after Ole Miss, I will let them know that I am going to visit, but something just feels right about them right now. I am bringing both of my parents with me to check it out and hopefully it all works out like we are expecting it to."


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