Those who have followed me over the past few years know that my first job in sports was a recruiting evaluator for a private recruiting agency. The traveling required was more than I was willing to commit to in the long term; however, I have always enjoyed breaking down film of high school athletes.
My website (drsec.org) is currently adding a recruiting section that will have an evaluation for every prospect that makes a verbal commitment to an SEC team. Each day I will release a scouting report on various players until all players have a proper evaluation.
The first prospect I will evaluate is Alabama Crimson Tide commit Bo Scarbrough, who currently sits at No. 1 on my list of current SEC verbal commitments.
Scarbrough is a versatile playmaker with the ability to be a solid prospect on both sides of the football. I currently have him listed as a 4 ½ star prospect. In an ironic twist, it is his versatility that is keeping me from giving him a fifth star at this time.
After evaluating several hours of game film, I am convinced he is a five-star prospect at linebacker and wide receiver and a four-star prospect as a running back.
He has a strong, powerful frame with above-average lateral agility and quickness. He displays great footwork for his size and can effectively stick and cut his way through traffic without taking a big hit, despite being 6’2".
Scarbrough is a tough inside runner who rarely goes down on first contact. He has good vision and shows great patience waiting for his blockers. Once he sees daylight, he can change gears quickly and get downhill.
He will need to improve his initial burst through the holes, and he could do this by altering his upright running style. He does have the ability to become an All-SEC running back because of his impressive power and how he punishes would-be tacklers on contact, almost always falling forward. He has amazing leg strength to help him pull through lower-body wrap-ups and the upper-body strength to power through high and arm tackles.
Scarbrough has major potential as a wide receiver if he does not gain too much weight in Tuscaloosa. His hands and receiving skills are currently college-ready prior to his senior year. He knows how to read coverage, create separation and can get upfield in a hurry.
Simply put, he has the physicality to make defensive backs quit.
While I like him as a WR/RB, I love him as a linebacker in Alabama’s 3-4 scheme. He has the size and athletic skill set that could transition him into an All-American linebacker on the collegiate level. He has above average sideline-to-sideline speed despite being raw at the position. He has a great motor and is consistently making big plays on film.
He has the potential to become an elite pass-rusher with his quickness, length and closing speed. While linebacker is the position he needs the most work at, it is the position he also has the highest ceiling at as well. If he was at another school I would be tempted to put him on offense—but not at Alabama. Coach Nick Saban and Kirby Smart can help him reach his full potential.
What I like most about Scarbrough is that despite his superior talent and athletic ability, he plays with a big motor. There were very few plays in hours of film that it seemed he gave less than 100%. The rich just got richer with the commitment of Scarbrough.
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