CU lands one of nation’s top running backs |

CU lands one of nation’s top running backs

Pat Graham
Associated Press
Vail, CO Colorado
Juan Carlo, AP/Ventura County StarSt. Bonaventure running back Darrell Scott finds some room to run against Central Catholic last season.

BOULDER, Colorado ” 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, 204-pound Scott announced his decision on ESPNU, donning a Colorado cap just before committing to the Buffaloes.

Colorado officials said they have received Scott’s letter of intent but can’t comment until a news conference scheduled later in the day.

Scott was rated the sixth-best player in the country, according to He rushed for 1,697 yards and 21 touchdowns last fall for St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, Calif.

“I just thought Colorado was a good fit,” Scott said on ESPNU. “I’m excited to be a Buff.”

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 Colorado coach Dan Hawkins has the Buffaloes headed.

“Dan Hawkins has a vision and I want to be a part of that vision he has,” 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’s top 150 players in the nation.

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