Scott returns to Havelock from elite competition in Oregon

Published: Monday, July 8, 2013 at 10:11 AM.

The football talents of Havelock rising senior running back Derrell Scott reached a broader audience last week.

Scott competed in Nike’s The Opening football camp in Beaverton, Ore., which features the top 150 prospects in the nation. His team, Alpha Pro, finished second in the 7-on-7 tournament, falling to the Field Generals in the championship game.

For a player who relentlessly hunts elite competition, Scott found what he was yearning for in Oregon.

“It was great and it let me realize that I’m just as good as the other guys who are rated high,” Scott said. “Once I got out there, I saw that they’re just normal guys like me and I did my best to compete hard against them.”

One of “them” was the nation’s No.1 prospect, running back Leonard Fournette out of New Orleans, with whom Scott forged a friendship.

“I met a lot of great people out there. I talked with Leonard (Fournette), Curtis Samuel, Corey Holmes and Duke Dawson pretty often,” he said. “My favorite thing about it all was just the competition.”

Scott sat out the championship game after getting hit in the back in an Alpha Pro quarterfinal victory.

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