SUTTLES: Scarbrough to play in All-Star Challenge
Tue. April 24, 2012 at 9:37 a.m. | By Aaron Suttles
Breaden Williams of Hillcrest pressures Bo Scarbourgh of Northridge as he runs the ball during a game at Hillcrest High School, Oct. 21, 2011. Scarbrough is going to the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge in Atlanta on June 22-24 and his selection has him beaming with pride. (Photo by Michelle Lepianka Carter )
Northridge High School running back Bo Scarbrough is going to the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge in Atlanta on June 22-24 and his selection has him beaming with pride.
“I’m very excited about this trip,” Scarbrough said. “Only 20 (class of) 2014 kids get to go and I’m one of them.”
Scarbrough said he believes his success at the VTO Elite 100 camp in Leeds helped get him noticed enough to get the invite. He isn’t resting on his laurels and waiting until the camp to prove himself again. Scarbrough said he plans to work hard leading up to the camp to make sure he is ready.
“I’ve been doing a couple 100s and some suicides so I can get my speed up and work on my cuts,” Scarbrough said. “So my cuts will be perfect, like they were before my ACL.”
Scarbrough said he has been working with his quarterback as well as running drills to help improve his quickness. Regardless, Scarbrough said neither he nor any of the scouts and college representatives he has spoken to are too concerned about the injury’s impact on his future.
“They’ve just been asking how I feel and if it would be a problem in a game,” Scarbrough said. “But it wouldn’t be a problem. The knee is not going to stop me.”
Scarbrough said he thinks he can accomplish that goal and be noticed just like at the VTO Elite 100 Camp, when he was recognized as one of the top players.
Although it is early, Scarbrough said the leader in his recruitment is Alabama. He said he has also heard from Auburn, Clemson, Mississippi State and Oklahoma.
Until June, Scarbrough will be working hard. He said he wants to improve on his post-corner route off of his right side. It’s one of the many skills he would like to put on display in Atlanta.
“Before my injury, that was one of my biggest plays,” Scarbrough said.
He said his main goal of the trip is to show people what he is capable of and through that, hopefully, get more exposure.
“I want to be one of the people that get really recognized,” Scarbrough said. “I want to stand out from everybody.”
Three-star quarterback Riley Ferguson visited Tuscaloosa for A-Day to gain a better understanding of the Alabama program and left with a better understanding of starting quarterback AJ McCarron.
“He’s like a big brother to me,” Ferguson said. “We have a lot in common.”
The Matthews, N.C., native said McCarron took him out to dinner on Friday and the two talked about life, football and where McCarron spends his downtime outside of football. Ferguson said McCarron and he hit it off well and the two talked like old friends. Despite the good conversation, the Asian chicken stood out to the young quarterback most of all.
“That’s the best chicken I’ve ever tasted in my life,” Ferguson said. “They put some kind of special sauce on it and I killed it.”
Ferguson spent 45 minutes Saturday morning speaking with coach Nick Saban about the importance of education and Alabama’s track record of graduation.
He said Saban told him about the large number of players who had already graduated playing in the National Title game and the importance he places on academics, something that is a priority for Ferguson as well.
“Football is always going to be there, but one day it’s going to be over,” Ferguson said. “I want to be ready when that day comes.”
In addition to Alabama’s track record of academic excellence, Saban spoke to Ferguson about his history of NFL quarterbacks at LSU and Alabama. That talk, combined with his time with McCarron, had a large impact on Ferguson.
“I can see myself going there (to Alabama) and I see myself in AJ,” Ferguson said. “I see the success he’s having and how going to the NFL soon and I think, ‘I can do that.’”
In addition to meeting Saban and McCarron, Ferguson also met with offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and said he enjoyed his meeting his prospective play caller.
“He was real cool, real down to earth,” Ferguson said. “I’d love to work with him one-on-one in the future.”
Ferguson said he thoroughly enjoyed his trip and although he has not narrowed his list down yet, Alabama is sitting pretty moving into the next phase of his recruitment.
“They’re definitely at the top of my list,” Ferguson said. “I liked everything I saw at Alabama. Everything was centrally located to the facilities and really nice.”
Ferguson said he plans to trim his list this spring and make his commitment sometime during the summer. He said he wants to be sure where he decides to go to college is just right for him, so he will make sure exhaust all options. Regardless, he said he can’t wait to return to Tuscaloosa this summer.
John Davidson contributed to this report.
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