April 24, 2008

Ole Miss chasing AU for 4-star running back

Rodney Scott is doing his homework.

The Rivals 250 four-star running back from Cross City (Dixie County), Fla., is looking for a college home where he'll play for coaches who have established a reputation for possessing strong rushing attacks and sending ball-carriers to the NFL.

So, naturally, Scott likes Auburn, which has sent Carnell Williams to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ronnie Brown to the Miami Dolphins and Rudi Johnson and Kenny Irons to the Cincinnati Bengals in recent years.

Just as naturally, Scott likes Ole Miss, where former Arkansas coach Houston Nutt has moved to Oxford. On Saturday, Nutt will watch two of his star players with the Razorbacks last season _ running backs Darren McFadden and Felix Jones _ go in the very early portions of the NFL draft.

Nutt told RebelSports.net earlier this week that he wants to sign two tailbacks every season. If some of the Rebels' coaches' travels this week are any indication, Ole Miss wouldn't mind if Scott were one of the two prospects signing national letters-of-intent with them in February.

Scott has offers from Ole Miss and Auburn, in addition to South Carolina, South Florida and others. The Rebels, Tigers and Bulls are the early favorites.

Scott said Thursday that he expects to see Ole Miss recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks coach Chris Vaughn Friday.

"I like him a lot," Scott said. "I told him I was going to get down there this summer and visit."

Ole Miss, Scott said, "asked me if they saw how many different ways they got Darren McFadden the ball last year. They said they could envision doing a lot of the same things with me. That interested me a lot."

Scott lists Auburn as the current leader for his services. He visited Tommy Tuberville and the Tigers earlier this spring and returned from the Plains impressed.

"I liked their facilities and I really like how they're putting running backs in the league," Scott said.

Scott rushed for 2,017 yards and 20 touchdowns on 250 carries last season, adding 151 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 11 receptions. Despite being clocked in the 4.4-second range in the 40-yard dash, he describes himself as a "power runner. I love contact."

Scott said he'll camp this summer at Ole Miss, Auburn and South Florida. None of those schools, however, should be counting on a quick commitment.

"I'm probably going to go into my senior season open," Scott said. "I'm not in a hurry."

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