May 2, 2007

Upward Explosion

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Desmond Scott won MVP at last year's Nike Camp in Clemson - as a then rising sophomore. The freakish athlete didn't repeat the amazing feat on the campus of the University of Georgia this past Saturday, but he's only gotten better - a lot better.

"This combine had a lot more athletes, a lot more competition (this year)," Scott told "It was a great experience for myself seeing different people from all over the country - different talent. I train all off-season with my father (Tony Scott). Every week you can get better - whether its your speed, power, quickness (or) agility - everything. Those are the things that I'll continue to work on."

Clemson offered him shortly after last year's performance, the first school to do so. UNC and NC State followed suit.

What's up with the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Durham (NC) Hillside athlete and his thoughts on the Tigers and Tar Heels?

Clemson - "Oh yeah, most definitely they have a special place in my heart because they were the first school to offer me. The guy who offered me, coach (Burton) Burns, moved to Alabama and I've talked to him a couple of times as has my father. (Alabama) is expressing interest too and Clemson is still high on my list. (Tight ends) coach (Billy) Napier is a good guy. He treats me well. He treats my family well. He's done a good job of showing me Clemson and putting Clemson on top."

North Carolina - "Coach Butch Davis is an excellent coach. I checked out their Spring Game not too long. Good athletes - they had big success (with their recent recruiting haul). He's had big success with the other schools he's been at. I'm pretty sure he'll do the same thing at UNC. I can't wait to see what he'll do this year."

Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Virginia have all been in touch and the Class of 2009 blue-chipper has plans to visit each one of those schools this summer.
During his sophomore season at Southern Durham, Scott rushed for 1,265 yards and 15 touchdowns and caught 17 passes for 252 yards and a pair of scores.
"I transferred for different reasons," the touted athlete shared. "The main reason is the international program. It's a national program with rigorous courses and (there is) a better coaching situation (at Hillside) for myself."

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