Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for Alabama's Bo Scarbrough

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJanuary 8, 2014

Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for Alabama's Bo Scarbrough

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     Bo Scarbrough is among the nation's best high school football players. The 4-star athlete spent his senior season playing in Florida, but he's actually not from the Sunshine State.

    Scarbrough is one of the headliners in Alabama's recruiting class; however, there's still some uncertainty on where he will play in Tuscaloosa. His size, speed and versatility make him an interesting recruit to project.

    It's time to take a closer look at Scarbrough.

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

Who Is Bo Scarbrough?

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    Scarbrough is an athlete who is originally from Alabama. He transferred from Northridge High School in Tuscaloosa to IMG Academy in Florida to play his senior season, but he's a Yellowhammer State guy at heart.

    He was selected to play in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game, and he has been committed to Alabama since September 2012.

    Scarbrough is 13th in the Rivals 250, 23rd in the 247Sports composite rankings and 49th in the Scout 300.

Bo Scarbrough's Scouting Report: Strengths

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    At 6'2" and 225 pounds, Scarbrough has a high-cut frame that is thicker than most athletes with his type of body. He appears to have good definition, plus he could add more mass in college.

    Running back is Scarbrough's main position, and he is at his best in a straight line. He has terrific build-up speed, plus he displays impressive strength. Scarbrough flashes good vision to find holes and alleys, but he's clearly a one-cut-and-go runner.

    However, he also looks comfortable working as a receiver on the perimeter. He has the ability to fight through jams before using his speed to shoot upfield when running routes. Scarbrough has solid hands, so he has no issues attacking the ball with his mitts.

    He displays the speed to run away from defenders, and he can be intimidating to defensive backs in the open field when he reaches full tilt. Scarbrough also has potential as a linebacker. 

Bo Scarbrough's Scouting Report: Weaknesses

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    As a tall running back, Scarbrough naturally runs high. He'll take some hits coming through holes in the box in college because of that.

    Scarbrough also isn't the most explosive or agile athlete one will see on tape. By no means is he slow or rigid, but he's not going to be confused for 5-star athlete Speedy Noil anytime soon.

    As a receiver, it could be hard for Scarbrough to execute a full route tree. He needs to find one position and stick to it at Alabama. 

Bo Scarbrough's Full Ride Highlights

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    Here are some great highlights of Scarbrough displaying his talent. The highlight tape is part of B/R's "Full Ride" video series.

    Scarbrough can be seen using his strength and speed to make plays. 

Video of Bo Scarbrough Showing off His Technique

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    Here's another video in the "Full Ride" video series of Scarbrough. In this one, he sheds some light on some techniques he uses as a receiver to make plays.

    He also makes his case to be considered to play cornerback. 


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    It would be surprising if Scarbrough made a big impact at Alabama as a true freshman in 2014. Yet, this is more due to the incumbent talent that's already in Tuscaloosa.

    Scarbrough's impact with the Crimson Tide will be felt as a running back. While it's possible for him to play receiver or linebacker, he's going to find a home in the offensive backfield. Also, look for him to become a solid kick returner. 

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    Scarbrough is featured on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map!

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.