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 hisĀ 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 becauseĀ 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.”


  1. @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!

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!!!

  6. 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!

  7. @ 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!!!!

  8. 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.

  9. 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…