Alabama Commit Bo Scarbrough Could Play Both Ways for the Crimson Tide

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Alabama commit Bo Scarbrough is the Crimson Tide’s highest-rated commitment, but the five-star recruit has picked a new school. No, he hasn’t decommitted and flipped to Florida or Florida State, two programs Scarbrough visited this summer; rather, the 6-foot-2, 236-pound athlete will suit up for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Scarbrough will play for former Seminoles Heisman trophy winner Chris Weinke for the first-year program, and Weinke tells Johnny Esfeller, “Bo is a competitor, a hard worker and a quality young man with great character, in addition to being an outstanding player … He has the ability and makeup to be as good as he wants to be at the college level at just about any position.”

That is the type of player Nick Saban can’t wait to get on the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium where his great character, natural leadership and versatile skill set could contribute to another championship or two. But where does Scarbrough profile best at the next level?

Scarbrough led his team with more than 900 rushing yards last season, but will also be used on defense where Alabama’s history of producing NFL linebackers is just as prolific as their professional running backs. His size, speed and athleticism could make him a star at any of Alabama’s four linebacker positions, depending on how much bigger he gets. He’s already bigger than All-American will linebacker C.J. Mosley.

Scarbrough is a versatile weapon at running back, but Alabama’s stacked at that position after signing four backs with a four-star rating or higher, including all-time high school rushing leader Derrick Henry. Furthermore, T.J. Yeldon will be back for his junior season and could be the best back in the country, but competition won’t deter Scarbrough from trying to climb the depth chart.

Wesley Sinor from Al.com asked Weinke about the prospects of using his newest star player at positions other than running back:

“He has the ability to come out of backfield, but brings unique talent to the outside as a receiver as well. We’ll be doing a lot of different things with him. I think he’s a threat out of the backfield, and we’ll utilize him in different areas.”

It’ll be a different school this year for Scarbrough, but it’ll be the same Bo who dominated the competition in Alabama that garnered his offer and early commitment. In fact, Scarbrough has been committed for nearly a year after he committed last September.

Some have speculated that his move to IMG Academy could be a precursor to his decommitment and possible commitment to either the Gators or Seminoles, but that’s pure rumor, speculation and message board chatter. His move to IMG Academy was to put him in an environment to get ready for college.

“IMG Academy offers me everything I could ever need to get ready for college, and focus on football and academics equally,” Scarbrough tells Esfeller. “The facilities, the school programs — it’s just a great fit for me to finish my high school career.”

The next great fit for Scarbrough will be at Alabama, where he could run behind the best offensive line in the country or be the next All-American linebacker like Mosley on defense. No matter how you slice it, Scarbrough will have quite a happy homecoming next year when he’s suiting up for the Crimson Tide. Heck, maybe he’ll play on both sides of the ball.

Patrick’s a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt and add him to your Google network.

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