Jul 24, 2008
Desmond Scott, a four-star running back prospect and the fourth-ranked all-purpose back in the Class of 2009 according to Rivals.com, has decided to play football for Duke.
Scott has always maintained a close relationship with the Duke coaching staff, but committed to Rutgers in early June.
"Duke was my number one until West Virginia and Rutgers came into the picture," Scott said.
But, after discussing the situation with his family a few days ago, Scott decided the New Jersey university was too far from home. At 1:05pm Thursday afternoon, he called Duke head coach David Cutcliffe and wide receivers coach Scottie Montgomery to tell them he would be playing football for the Devils.
"I was pretty solid about the choice, but the eight hours and distance kept coming back to me...it was wearing on me pretty heavily," he said.
Scott is confident that the program he is about to join is one on the rise.
"Coach Cutcliffe is going to do an outstanding job recruiting, and they have one of the best staffs in the nation. All they need is a little time to recruit the athletes they need."
Corey Gattis, one of Scott's teammates at Hillside, has already committed to play for the Blue Devis, something that Scott said played a part in his decision to go to Duke.
"It had a little bit to do with the decision. It's always good to play with a teammate," he said.
Scout.com has Scott listed as a four-star recruit and the 27th-ranked running back in the nation.