5 Schools That Could Flip 4-Star RB Jordan Scarlett from Florida Atlantic

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IMarch 3, 2014

5 Schools That Could Flip 4-Star RB Jordan Scarlett from Florida Atlantic

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    Jordan Scarlett is a 4-star running back from Florida who has offers from many elite programs. However, he committed to Florida Atlantic in December 2013.

    FAU can be considered more of a mid-major program, and it almost never lands a prospect of Scarlett's caliber. The only thing is Scarlett's pledge is just a non-binding verbal commitment right now, and he can't sign with the Owls until next February.

    So, many other "big" programs with better resources and track records will be trying to pry him away from FAU for the next 10-11 months. Which teams have the best chance at flipping the talented running back?

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    Wisconsin is a school that appears to still be of interest to Scarlett, at least somewhat, according to 247Sports

    The Badgers aren't strangers to the Florida recruiting trail, as they signed six players from the Sunshine State in 2014. With their history of having dominant rushing attacks and exceptional offensive line units, the Badgers wouldn't be a bad choice for Scarlett if he decided to flip to another school.

Ohio State

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    Ohio State is another program that could pry Scarlett away from Florida Atlantic. The Buckeyes were in his top five before he committed to FAU, per Jim Martz of CaneSport.com (subscription required).

    Head coach Urban Meyer certainly knows how to recruit in Florida, and Scarlett would be a solid fit in Meyer's spread-option offense. Don't be surprised if Meyer increases his pursuit of Scarlett.

Florida State

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    With Florida State being an in-state powerhouse, having a winning history and just coming off of a national championship season, it should not be counted out for Scarlett.

    The Seminoles also were among his top five schools just a few months ago, according to Jim Martz of CaneSport.com (subscription required). The only thing that could hinder FSU's chances is its depth chart, as the 'Noles have several quality young running backs already in Tallahassee. 


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    Another school that was in Scarlett's top five last December, says Jim Martz of CaneSport.com (subscription required), is Florida.

    While the Gators aren't coming off of their best season in school history, Florida is still among the top programs to play for in the country. The roster is full of talent, plus the offense is in need of playmakers.

    The Gators could be an interesting option for Scarlett should both sides regain serious mutual interest.


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    Although he committed to Florida Atlantic on Dec. 27, Scarlett did attend Miami's junior day on Jan. 26, according to 247Sports

    The 4-star running back resides in nearby Fort Lauderdale, so staying close to home and playing in Coral Gables for the Hurricanes wouldn't be a bad move. At this point, it would be a shock if Miami head coach Al Golden and his staff gave up on recruiting Scarlett.

    The Hurricanes are likely going to be the most persistent school at trying to flip Scarlett from FAU.

    On Feb. 3, Jamie Newberg of Scout.com wrote, "He shocked the recruiting world by committing to nearby Florida Atlantic recently. Can the Owls hang on to this one? 


    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.