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.
“I was running over the middle to catch a pass and somebody hit me in my lower back with a forearm and I just tweaked something,” Scott said. “It’s already starting to feel much better though.”
During his time in Oregon at Nike headquarters, he competed in the Sparq ratings drills, one-on-ones, position-specific drills and the 7-on-7 tournament, parts of which were aired on ESPN.
Scott had the opportunity to listen to numerous NFL legends and current players, as well as reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
While doing running back position drills, Scott caught the eye of a certain NFL player.
“During our position drills, LaMichael James told me that I looked the best he had seen going through the drills,” Scott said. “We got to talk and listen to Bo Jackson, Ndamukong Suh, Demaryius Thomas and other NFL guys, too.”
Scott caught a red-eye flight that departed at 10:20 p.m. back to Havelock and is already getting back into his normal routine.
“For the rest of the summer until we start practice, I am just going to keep working and training hard and get ready for the season,” Scott said.