Do Florida, Georgia Have Any Chance to Flip 5-Star Alabama Commit Bo Scarbrough?
There's still a long way to go until Scarbrough sends in that fax to 'Bama, so right up until that moment, other interested programs would be smart to continue recruiting the 5-star.
According to a report via Greg Ostendorf of ESPN.com, Florida recently sent running backs coach Bryan White to visit Scarbrough. Here's what the 5-star had to say about that:
“It went pretty good,” Scarbrough said. “He talked about a lot of things that have to do with life and what type of person that I should be.
“He said they’re going to still recruit me. He thinks I’d be a big help to Florida’s offense and that I can be great. He said he can make me the best player and hopefully get to the draft.”
Ostendorf reports that Scarbrough plans to visit Florida in June (the Gators offered him as a running back) and he wants to visit Georgia during the summer.
As far as the Bulldogs are concerned, don't count them out just yet. Georgia just landed 5-star running back Sony Michel, but the prospect of being in a running back by committee situation obviously doesn't bother Scarbrough, considering his commitment to Alabama. Georgia, much like Alabama, has proven to be able to use multiple running backs effectively.
Keep an eye out for the 'Dawgs, even though they're most likely an outlier at this point. That summer visit could change things.
Florida could present an interesting option for the 5-star.
At 6'2'', 225 pounds, Scarbrough has the size to be an outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense, thus some like him (Dr.SEC/Bleacher Report) as an outside linebacker at Alabama. He could be a good linebacker, because he does have the size, speed and athleticism that you look for in an outside linebacker, but Scarbrough projects to be an elite running back.
Perhaps Florida could find a foothold with Scarbrough considering the crowd that Alabama currently has at running back. Alabama will boast a depth chart that features T.J. Yeldon, Derrick Henry, Kenyan Drake, Jalston Fowler, Dee Hart, Tyren Jones, Altee Tenpenny, Alvin Kamara and walk-on Trey Roberts.
Scarbrough would be looking at a platoon at both Alabama and Florida, but there's more room to work in Florida's backfield.
Florida signed 5-star running back Kelvin Taylor last cycle, and he possesses much of the same potential that Scarbrough does. He would have the experience advantage on the 2014 recruit, and for all intents and purposes he's going to be "the guy" for Florida.
The Gators also boast the commitment of 2014 5-star running back Dalvin Cook, but he's a different running back than Taylor or Scarbrough at just 5'11'', 190 pounds—compared to Taylor's 5'10'', 216 frame. Cook is a speedy, shiftier runner who would work as a scatback for Florida.
If Scarbrough truly wants to have an opportunity to be a star running back, he could be a big-time No. 2 behind Taylor, and he could probably even push the 2013 5-star for serious minutes in the Gators' offense.
The carries will be much harder to come by at Alabama. He projects to be better than Roberts, Kamara, Tenpenny, Jones, Hart, Fowler and Drake, but they all have the experience advantage on him. It's worth noting that Henry is also a very similar running back to Scarbrough, so the 2013 5-star will present a major obstacle and challenge for playing time.
Will Scarbrough stick with Alabama through NSD 2014?
The chances of Scarbrough flipping from Alabama are certainly slim considering how long he's been committed and the enthusiasm (Matt Scalici/AL.com) that he's shown for the program. There's also Alabama's national championship history and future aspirations to consider.
That said, to say that Georgia or Florida don't have even the slightest chance to flip him would be foolish, especially if they could use Alabama's depth chart against the Crimson Tide.
It's possible. It's not likely, but anything is possible in recruiting.
Do you think Scarbrough will remain with the Crimson Tide until signing day? Let us know in the comments.
Note: Scouting and analysis for Scarbrough done via tape study from this video via the 247Sports Studio on YouTube. Scouting and analysis for Cook done via tape study from this video via Charles Fishbein on YouTube.
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