- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The question with Bo Scarbrough is not whether or not he has the talent and potential to be great at the next level. Rather, the question is what position can best showcase that talent at the next level.
Over the weekend, Scarbrough, who played running back for Northridge High School last year, worked out with the wide receivers at the Atlanta NFTC. He measured 6-foot-2, 218 pounds before the event.
“It went pretty good,” Scarbrough said. “I dropped some balls at the beginning that I should’ve been catching, but in the end, I started catching some and beating the corners. I started doing pretty good towards the end, during the one-on-ones.”
The elite 2014 prospect is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered towards the end of his sophomore season, and he thought working as a wide receiver would allow him to test his knee better than any other position would.
“At a camp, you do more cutting at receiver than any other drill positions, so I just wanted to see what I was feeling like after,” Scarbrough said. “It felt like I never tore it during the cutting part, and at the end, it felt like it did in the beginning, no soreness or anything.”
Scarbrough attended the Atlanta camp with teammate James Cox, a 2013 wide receiver who has early offers from Mississippi State and Purdue but is hoping to earn more as the recruiting process goes along.
The duo competed in the same group through much of the day, and Cox wasn’t surprised to see his teammate and fellow running back at receiver.
“He does that a lot,” Cox said of Scarbrough. “He doesn’t really like to do running back when he’s not in pads because when he’s got the pads on, he’s a different player.
“I think he just likes to show his versatility. I try to keep that in his head because he never knows if he might grow a few more inches. I just tell him, 'It’s way better to be able to play four positions than just one.' ”
Scarbrough has early offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Mississippi State and UCLA, and he says some of the schools talking to him are looking at him more as a wide receiver than a running back.
When he visited Alabama recently, the Crimson Tide coaching staff mentioned the possibility of playing wide receiver or somewhere on defense.
“It doesn’t affect me at all,” Scarbrough said. “I know since I’m growing, I won’t be able to play running back forever, so I have to work around and see what position is best for me.”
Scarbrough did make it clear that he would like to stay on the offensive side of the ball because that’s where he’s been playing since the third grade.