Are Florida, Georgia and FSU a Threat to Flip 5-star Bo Scarbrough from Alabama?
As the Tides' first 2014 commit, Scarbrough has become synonymous with Nick Saban's 2014 class, but according to a recent report from Derek Tyson of ESPN.com, Scarbrough is still checking out two other schools:
Though Scarbrough said he remains solid to Alabama, he admits he's looking hard at two other schools.
"I'm also looking at Florida and Georgia," Scarbrough said. "I will visit Georgia next month and I'll visit Florida on July 26 for Friday Night Lights.
In particular, it would seem as if Florida has a few "ins" with the 5-star, per Tyson:
Scarbrough said he has developed a strong relationship with Florida running backs coach Brian White.
"I think that coach White is a very good coach," he said. "Me and his relationship is very tight. I like the way that he does things and I like the way he coaches his players."
It's very much worth noting that Scarbrough's cousin, 3-star tight end C'yontai Lewis, is committed to Florida.
Scarbrough also mentioned that Florida State is strongly pursuing him, saying that both FSU and Georgia are recruiting him the most. He and Lewis did just take a visit to Tallahassee as well, both according to Tyson's report.
Is this something that should worry Saban and his staff?
The only negative factor Alabama would have to worry about is its depth chart, because naturally, it's stacked. Scarbrough could play linebacker, running back or receiver, but he projects best in the backfield. If he wanted to play running back at the college football level, he would be behind a lengthy list of star recruits at Alabama.
Alabama still presents Scarbrough with the best chance to succeed as a running back. We've seen just how good Saban is at utilizing his depth chart and getting talented backs multiple carries. The turnover to the NFL is high at the position as well, so the Tide would be worth sticking with. Scarbrough would also fit as an outside linebacker in the 3-4, so Alabama could find other ways to get him onto the field early if need be.
Finally, factor in the national championship tradition and expectations, and it seems like a tough hill to climb for Florida, Georgia and Florida State.
FSU does have somewhat of an x-factor in star recruiter and former Alabama coach Jeremy Pruitt, but even for as great as he's been, it will be tough to out-recruit his former boss.
That said, unless something drastic happens, Florida, Georgia and FSU should be considered minimal threats to flip his commitment.
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