Buffaloes land one of top running backs in nation
BOULDER – Colorado landed a prized recruit Wednesday as Darrell Scott, one of the top running backs in the nation, selected the Buffaloes over Big 12 rival Texas on national signing day.The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Scott announced his decision on ESPNU, donning a Colorado cap just before committing to the Buffaloes.”We’re pretty fired up,” Colorado coach Dan Hawkins said at a news conference Wednesday. “We’re excited about Darrell. We’re excited about all of them.”Scott was rated the sixth-best player in the country, according to Rivals.com. He rushed for 2,433 yards and 33 touchdowns last fall for St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, Calif., leading the team to a state championship. He also did some punting, averaging 36.9 yards on 13 punts.”I just thought Colorado was a good fit,” Scott said on ESPNU. “I’m excited to be a Buff.”Asked if he was shocked by Scott’s decision, Hawkins said, “I’m never totally surprised, but I’m never totally shocked. Clearly, we felt like we had a good chance. But you never really know.”The Buffaloes figured to have an inside track in landing Scott since his uncle, Josh Smith, is a sophomore receiver at Colorado.Scott said that family ties played a role in his decision. He also likes the direction that Hawkins has the Buffaloes headed.”Dan Hawkins has a vision and I want to be a part of that vision,” Scott said.The Longhorns received strong consideration from Scott, especially after junior Jamaal Charles announced in January that he was leaving early to enter the NFL draft, freeing up a spot in their backfield.The Buffaloes have assembled a highly regarded class of recruits, locking up linebacker Jon Major from Parker, Colo., and defensive back Lynn Katoa from Salt Lake City. Both are listed among Rivals.com’s top 150 players in the nation.Colorado signed a total of 21 players on Wednesday, including Shaun Mohler, a junior-college linebacker from Orange Coast College. The Buffaloes nabbed seven players out of California and five from Colorado.
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