Darrell Scott may be headed back to Colorado program

Wayward running back Darrell Scott has met with Colorado coach Dan Hawkins about rejoining the Buffaloes program.

Denver television station KCNC reports that Scott has not been reinstated, as Hawkins wanted to meet with other coaches and players before making a final decision.

The Boulder Camera reported that Scott was not enrolled for spring classes at Colorado at the close of business operations on Monday. Scott would need permission from a dean to enroll in classes at this point.

Scott quit the Colorado team last season after five games after injuries limited him to only 95 rushing yards in five games in his sophomore season.

He arrived as the top recruit in Colorado's 2008 recruiting class. He was rated as the nation's top running back recruit after rushing for more than 7,600 yards and 99 touchdowns at St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, Calif. The Buffaloes beat out a host of suitors for Scott, who was the top recruit to be attracted by Hawkins during his coaching tenure.

If Scott were invited back into the program, he could play or redshirt during the 2010 season. The NCAA allows a "missed term exception" for every student-athlete one time during their careers. That would mean that Scott could take summer school classes later this season and likely make enough progress toward his degree to be academically eligible for the Buffaloes' 2010 season.

Scott has never fulfilled the promise that marked him coming into the program, struggling with injuries as he's rushed for 438 yards and one touchdown during his career. He was beaten out for the starting position last fall by Rodney "Speedy" Stewart.

But his return would be critical for backfield depth for the Buffaloes, who have already lost running back Demetrius Sumler to transfer last month.