Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide got a huge 2014 commitment when 5-Star running back Bo Scarbrough verbally committed after his high school football game.
Marquavius Burnett of The Crimson White reports on Scarbrough's commitment and his excitement about Alabama:
Following the win, Scarbrough, with a big smile on his face, said “I just committed to Alabama.”
“It’s been on my mind since day one and I was trying to hold out until my 12th grade year, but I couldn’t hold it anymore,” Scarbrough said. “I just want to say 'Roll Tide.'”
“I looked at every school and I saw what types of backs they had, and I think I’ll fit perfectly in Alabama’s offense,” Scarbrough said. “I want to run behind lineman like D.J. Fluker and play in the backfield with backs like T.J. Yeldon.”
Having top-notch running backs on the depth chart is not a strange experience for Saban and the Tide, and that's exactly what they will be getting in Scarbrough.
What exactly will the 5-star running back be bringing to the table for the Crimson Tide though? Let's break it down:
What makes Scarbrough such an interesting prospect is the fact that he's such a great athlete who can do many things on the football field. A look at his highlights show you that not only is he a good running back, but he can also line up as a slot (or "H" or "Z" receiver) and be effective in the passing game.
He can also play a role on special teams as a returner. With the amount of talent constantly on the Tide's depth chart, having the ability to play multiple positions is a huge plus.
Alabama fans are used to this, but let's not take elite speed for granted. Some runners have it, others don't, but there's no doubt that Scarbrough has that second gear that separates the great backs from everyone else. Once he hits the second level on an inside run—or gets to the edge—he has the ability to get vertical in a hurry and head towards the endzone.
Scarbrough is 6'2'', 218 pounds and only a junior in high school. His size alone would make him an attractive running back prospect, but couple that with his speed and athleticism, and there's little doubt as to why he is a 5-star prospect. Speed is a must when playing against SEC defenses, and Scarbrough has plenty of it.
What's not to like?
It appears as if Alabama just keeps getting great running backs to come into the fold. As long as that's the case, their National Championship hopes will be steady year-in and year-out.
Scarbrough appears to be the perfect fit for the Crimson Tide, and I have little doubt Saban and his staff will find ways to get him on the field and utilize his talents once the 2014 class has it's time to shine.
It's still going to be some time, but I believe Scarbrough is going to be worth the wait for Alabama fans.