Running back may no longer be seen as important as it once was at the professional level, but at the prep level it’s still viewed as a glamour position by young football players. Let’s face it, it’s fun to score touchdowns.
I don’t know if touchdowns are Larry Scott‘s motivation to play the position, but he certainly has the physical skill set to flourish in other ways than with the ball in his hands. For now though, I’m sure there are plenty of coaches happy to recruit a big, talented running back to carry the ball for their team.
Like most big backs, Scott is no burner. He’s got above average speed and I do like his feet quite a bit. His greatest asset though is his size and strength carrying the football. He is a big back and plays like one as well.
Scott runs with authority. He’s a good inside runner that consistently runs through arm tackles. When he gets into the open field, his feet are surprisingly more nimble than most would expect from a player his size.
For the most part, I think he’s got good instincts running with the ball. There are times I would like to see him be more patient before he hits the hole because you see him running into the backs of blockers a few times. There are some plays where he, correctly, bounces outside for big gains and it’s nice to see he’s capable of getting more than what appears to be there.
Can he catch the football out of the backfield consistently? That’s yet to be determined because he hasn’t been asked to do that in his high school offense.
Scott has an Alabama offer and I don’t think there could be a more appropriate scheme fit than the offense Alabama runs. I’m sure there could be subtle differences under Lane Kiffin, but they’ll continue to beat people up by running the football down their throats and Scott would fit in perfectly with the other backs they have there.
Scott isn’t going to be a home run threat with the ball in his hands when he gets to college. I do think though he will be very capable of consistently hitting doubles and singles. Given the opportunity I think he can be a very productive power back at the college level that can carry the load for an offense.
Rivals #5 RB (4 star)
Scout #9 RB (4 star)
247 Sports #12 RB (4 star)
ESPN#12 RB (4 star)
Jamie Uyeyama was a defensive lineman at Idaho State University and Simon Fraser University. He has also coached at the college and high school level. He is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach). Jamie is also the former Sr. Editor, Digital Content and News for theScore.com.