Alabama Recruiting Profile: Bo Scarbrough
By Dave Friedman
It was a busy summer for uber-athlete Bo Scarbrough. After spending three years at Northridge High School, in June he opted to transfer to Tuscaloosa County High. Less than two months later he left TC without ever attending a class or playing in a football game. He is now a part of former Heisman Trophy and National Championship winning quarterback Chris Weinke’s program at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
“He’s one of the best athlete’s I’ve ever seen,” said Weinke. “He weights 235 pounds and runs a sub 4.4. He’s a physical presence. Intimidating.”
Scarbrough rushed for 792 yards and six touchdowns during six games as a junior, but missed time with injuries. He has looked fresh since getting to Florida. In three games he has carried the ball 37 times for 410 yards. During the inaugural game in IMG Academy football history, Bo Scarbrough rushed for 232 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries against Palm Beach Lakes.
“He’s a combination of all of the styles,” said Weinke. “If you need two or three yards, he’ll run over you. If he gets outside, he’ll run away from you. He has power, speed, elusiveness, and is a great pass catcher.”
At the start of last season Bo Scarbrough committed to Alabama. At the time he was the first recruit to chose the Tide in the 2014 class. It was reported that he was actively helping to recruit other players to Tuscaloosa. However, he reportedly has taken unofficial visits to numerous other schools including Florida, Florida State, and Mississippi State. He attended Tennessee’s Junior Day in February. Weinke thinks that Alabama remains a very good choice for Scarbrough.
“Obviously coach Saban’s program speaks for itself,” said Weinke. “He’s from that area. I think it’s a good fit.”
At the IMG Academy Scarbrough is playing alongside quarterback Michael O’Connor who is committed to Penn State. The two are key building blocks for the IMG program which had held football camps in the past but never fielded a team. The private boarding school and training institute is best known for the development of tennis players. It was founded in 1978 by Nick Bollettieri. Andre Agassi, Maria Sharapova, and both Williams sisters are among those who have trained there.
Bo Scarbrough has moonlighted as a wide receiver during his high school career, and Weinke said that if he lined up on the outside regularly he would “dominate.” When asked if he might play in the NFL someday, Weinke said, “he’s a special guy,” and not just on the field.
“He’s a great kid,” said Weinke. “A yes sir, no sir person who is well liked by coaches, teammates, and peers. I just got an email from one of his teacher’s today telling me what a joy it is to have him in class.”