RB Derrell Scott’s decision on Monday could help ease Vols’ backfield worries

Derrell Scott (photo from News Sentinel partner 247Sports)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — It was considered a given that Tennessee would add another running back in the Class of 2014.

The only question was if it would be a last-second fill-in who had been committed to a non-BCS school (think Jabo Lee from last year) or one of the Vols’ top targets?

On Monday, Tennessee will find out if running back Derrell Scott of Havelock, N.C., is the answer to their running back questions.

The four-star, 5-foot-11, 180-pound all-purpose back will choose between the Vols, South Carolina and Florida.

Scott has said the Gators are in third place, meaning the decision will come down to the two teams that have recruited him the longest — the Vols and Carolina.

Based on the 247Sports Crystal Ball, momentum seems to be swinging in Tennessee’s direction. Butch Jones and Steve Spurrier will have dueling in-home visits this week.

Why would Scott’s commitment be important? The Vols are losing two scholarship backs from the already thin 2013 squad. Both of the newcomers already in the class — Jalen Hurd and Treyvon Paulk — are coming off serious injuries. Hurd is expected to be an impact player, but the Vols would prefer a greater margin for error. Scott would provide it.

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