May 15th, 2013 04:53pm

UF still after Alabama RB commit


Scarbrough is a consensus top-50 prospect. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

As tall as the task may be, Florida isn’t stopping its pursuit of Alabama commit Bo Scarbrough.

On Tuesday, UF running backs coach Brian White stopped by Scarbrough’s school for the second time this spring.

“After practice, he told me I look like a stallion,” Scarbrough said. “I told him I’m trying to be.”

The 6-foot-2, 222-pounder, who is considered an athlete by most recruiting analysts, plays running back, receiver and special teams (including place kicker) for Northridge in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Gators have been his second favorite team since January and are recruiting him just as hard as the Tide.

“It means a lot,” Scarbrough said of Florida’s efforts. “It shows me that they want me to come play for them. I can’t wait to take a visit down there to see if it’s really the spot for me.”

Scarbrough plans to take a trip to Gainesville in June and then return for an official visit in the fall. He hopes to see a family-like atmosphere at UF and learn about its criminal justice program.

“The main thing I’m looking for is are they going to take care of me and make me feel at home,” he said. “I also want to look at their academics because I want to get my degree. There’s going to be one day when someone says I can’t play football anymore, and I want to have something good to fall back on. Criminal justice is something that I like doing and it’s my dream.”

Scarbrough said Alabama and Florida are recruiting him to play running back. Although both schools have depth and youth at the position, he isn’t the least bit concerned.

“I want to compete,” Scarbrough said, “because I want to see how great of a player I am. If this or that school has a lot of running backs, it doesn’t mean anything to me. They’re going to play the best player at the end of the day. And if I’m not the best, then I know I got some work to put in and I’ll do whatever it takes to be the best.”

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  1. May 15th, 2013 6:08 pm

    I wonder when the bamuh coaches will pay him a visit to “persuade” him to cancel his visit to UF?

    by cggater

  2. May 15th, 2013 7:17 pm

    When will people listen to me, there’s a very good chance he flips, trust me

    by Real gator

  3. May 15th, 2013 8:38 pm

    @Real Gator: I wish more recruits had his outlook on competition at championship contending programs. I wouldn’t be surprised if he got in, but at this point, I tell myself ‘it’s too early to get emotionally invested.’ Like D. Cook, even after his verbal, the hometown folk and his own thoughts are going to eat at him (even in his sleep) until he signs, and Feb. is a looooonnnng ways off! Kudos to the coaches! Stay in his ear and get him on campus during the fall for a BIG weekend and THEN he’ll have my full attention! Go Gators!

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  4. May 15th, 2013 9:13 pm

    I really like his attitude and he’s more open to uf than I figured someone so close to bama would be. I hope we can flip him but I think he signs with bama.

    by Zgator

  5. May 15th, 2013 10:51 pm

    Nice kid, incredible talent. Going to enjoy watching him play, no matter where he goes

    by McGator83

  6. May 15th, 2013 10:58 pm

    Show me something,Bo! Shame the state of Alabama and come play for the O&B. That’ll turn the Tide! Dalvin Cook and Bo??? That’ll be a real problem.

    by HedRock

  7. May 15th, 2013 11:01 pm

    Coach Boom & Staff, If he is interested in criminal justice, let him sit in on a criminal justice class Professor Jeffrey Adler teaches, nothing at Alabama can match it. If he truly has a passion for criminal justice, believe me his lectures alone are hypnotizing, especially when it comes to fair dealings with minorities and the law. Like this guy, has got the “it” factor

    by GainesvillePlaceToBe

  8. May 15th, 2013 11:10 pm

    Dude is the real deal. Love the comments from this kid, and I like our chances a lot better after reading them. That said, he s from Tuscyloosey. Doubtful, but I’ll hold out hope until he puts his name to paper.

    by T-bone

  9. May 16th, 2013 12:27 am

    Join the Gators and benefit academically and athletically. Go Gators!

    by NassauGator

  10. May 16th, 2013 8:15 am

    This kid seems to have the work ethic and drive to want to be the best at his position. I love it when kids say that competition doesnt scare them off from a school. Makes me want him to flip even more, and we all know that coach boom is the master of the flip.

    by MADgator

  11. May 16th, 2013 12:06 pm

    Bama Lock ! Move on to next rb

    by jj

  12. May 16th, 2013 1:20 pm

    Is Nick Saban REALLY the Devil himself? The Truth is out there.

    by Stanley Reese

  13. May 16th, 2013 1:49 pm

    Love his attitude about competition, wish more kids had the confidence that he at least talks about. This one is a WAIT N SEE, its possible he’s not that committed to BAMA in his heart. Maybe that first committment was not entirely his own, it appears to be some doubt about BAMA. GO GATORS!!!!


  14. May 16th, 2013 4:20 pm

    Don’t bet your house on him sitting down in the SWAMP my friends. There are lots of places he can go other than Bama or Florida. Don’t count out OSU, OK, TX, or USC. Though you have to be a very stupid person to want to join Lame Kiffin’s kittens at USC. Lots of pretty women and glitter though. Their FB program is in the PITTS!

    by SG Baker

  15. May 16th, 2013 10:18 pm

    @jj that is why ur not a recruiting coordinator

    by Real gator

  16. May 17th, 2013 1:40 pm

    0% chance this kid goes to Florida or any other school not named Alabama. It is what it is.

    by ST

  17. May 18th, 2013 8:22 pm

    @ SG Baker, just looking at the article above there is not mention by the kid himself that mentions any of the schools that you named, he actually mentioned FLORIDA and BAMA. I don’t doubt your knowledge of who else is ACTUALLY in the mix but my statements were from I see that HE is saying about what HE is considering. And he may go to Bama or even someone else, but I believe its a good WAIT N SEE project. GO GATORS!!!!


  18. May 18th, 2013 10:53 pm

    I remember walker last year in the early summer agonizing over UF & BAMA, but eventually inked his LOI at FSU…..who was never in the race. Don’t get worked up over a kids decision this early in the process.

    by Scooterp

  19. May 19th, 2013 8:40 pm

    Will be at Bama. Having Gator coaches talking about Saban just adds to his fame.

    by Glenn

  20. May 26th, 2013 2:00 pm

    Forget it, Gators. He’s Alabama’s lock, stock and barrel. That’s why he wanted to go ahead and commit last year. Nice try though. His roots are very deep in Tuscaloosa and I don’t see anyone shaking his commitment. Besides, he wants to win championships, something that The Gators seldom see…

    by Terry2u

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