- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It was only a matter of time before Bo Scarbrough started getting the national recognition.
Whether it was because he lives in the University of Alabama’s backyard or that he’s coming off a torn ACL injury or the fact that he is just a sophomore, Scarbrough didn’t quite have the offers that come with being a top prospect.
That’s all changed now.
This spring, the Northridge High School running back has doubled his offer list from six to 12 and added offers from major programs like Florida, Georgia and Michigan. He picked up his 12th offer from Florida State on Wednesday.
“Maybe it’s because they’re just now seeing my film,” Scarbrough said. “I really don’t know what it could possibly be.”
It could have something to do with his freakish ability on the field. He’s 6-foot-1, 218 pounds. He can run by you, around you or through you, and last year, he proved to be one of the top running backs in the state before going down with a knee injury.
“I think it gives him a validation of some of the stuff I told him when he was young,” Northridge head coach Mike Smith said. “‘You’ve got a chance to be special.’ Obviously, that’s coming to truth. I think also, with the relationship we have, he understands that he’s still got to produce.”
With Scarbrough living in Tuscaloosa, many people just assume he is going to attend Alabama. It seems like a perfect match, but the 2014 star says he’s open to leaving and wants to visit some of the new schools who have started to show interest.
“I think being here, a lot of people take for granted that he’s just automatically going to go to Alabama,” Smith said.
Of all the new offers, Scarbrough said he’s most interested in Clemson, Florida, Georgia and Michigan. He’s going to try to visit Clemson and Michigan for camp this summer and wants to make a trip to Florida in the fall for a game.
“With Michigan, they’ve got good players but not as a running back,” Scarbrough said.
“They don’t have a big running back, so I could have a chance there. They love me. They like the way I play.
“I could have a chance at Florida, too. One thing I like about Florida is this year they’re moving to the pro-style offense. It’s basically what we’re running now, so it wouldn’t be a big deal for me if I did go to Florida. I’d already be used to what would be going on.
“Georgia’s a running team. They run the ball, so I’d fit in at Georgia.”
It’s clear that Scarbrough wants to be a running back at the next level despite reports that he could grow out of the position. Michigan was the only school to offer him as an athlete, and he said the Wolverines staff liked him more as a wide receiver.
“I really didn’t want to be offered as an athlete because if I do go there, they can put me at a spot that I don’t want to play,” Scarbrough said.
Next week, the Alabama native will be back on UA’s campus to compete in the Crimson Tide’s first summer camp. It will give him a chance to test his knee and give the Alabama staff a chance to make an impression on him.
Scarbrough hopes to narrow his list to five by the end of the summer, and his head coach said he wouldn’t be surprised if his star player made a decision by the end of the year.
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