LINCOLN — Nebraska’s newest commit for the 2020 recruiting class won’t have to be pointed to the weight room.
Marvin Scott loves lifting nearly as much as he loves football.
The 5-foot-9, 195-pound running back from Port Orange, Florida, benches 400 pounds and has a clean and jerk of 310, Spruce Creek coach Andy Price said. He also does 300 pushups.
“He’s like Herschel Walker,” Price quipped, comparing Scott to the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner who was notorious for his workout regimen. Scott is, too.
Price called the senior a “freakish bodybuilder” who has a 37-inch vertical jump and runs a 4.5 40-yard dash.
And yes, Scott — a consensus three-star prospect — can run the football a little bit, too. He had 1,220 yards and 17 touchdowns in eight games last season for Spruce Creek — a school competing in Class 8A, Florida’s largest — after starting his career at Warner Christian Academy, a 2A school that Price estimated had 15 total players.
Scott ran for nearly 5,000 yards at Warner in three seasons — he played as an eighth-grader, according to MaxPreps — before transferring.
Price said Scott acclimated quickly to the higher level of play. He rushed for 265 yards and three touchdowns in Spruce Creek’s unofficial season opener last week against T.C. Williams High from Virginia.
“Marvin’s going to have a big, big season,” Price said.
Nebraska landed on Scott’s radar because of Price’s relationship with Husker tight ends coach Sean Beckton, who has recruiting ties in Florida and Georgia. Price said he knows running backs coach Ryan Held, too, and appreciated the effort both put into getting Scott to Lincoln on an official visit this summer. After Florida — one of Scott’s favorite schools — passed on offering a scholarship, Nebraska became a front-runner for a back who holds scholarship offers from most ACC and SEC schools and was briefly committed to Wake Forest.
Price said the Big Ten is the right fit for Scott, an every-down back with a physical style.
“Nebraska is a good situation for him,” Price said.
Scott didn’t reply to calls or texts for comment on Saturday.
It was NU’s second commitment from a running back in four days. Scott joined Sevion Morrison of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the 2020 recruiting class. Scott became the 10th overall member in the class and the eighth running back commit in three classes for Held, who said Wednesday he wants to bring the position back to the “historic” levels of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
“We’re getting closer,” Held said of his backs’ progress. “We’ve got an opportunity to get some kids in this recruiting class, too, which, hopefully, if we hit on that, do well in recruiting, we can get a few more guys in the room and really close the gap in terms of the type of guys we want.”