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Alabama football news: Five-star recruit Bo Scarbrough will begin career at tailback


The Alabama Crimson Tide landed one of the top athletes in the nation, when five-star recruit Bo Scarbrough signed his National Letter of Intent on National Signing Day. Scarbrough was listed as an “athlete,” but Alabama has already decided that he will begin his career as a running back for the Crimson Tide as they look to get back to the national title game.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban wasted no time praising Scarbrough’s talent and versatility.

“We think Bo is a multi-talented guy but we look at him as a running back first,” Saban told Al.com. “He has really a diverse skill level for a big guy, he’s a physical guy. He has really good running ability but he also has great receiving skills. He’s actually played as much wide receiver as he has running back.

“As a running back, we can use him in those kind of roles and if he can learn and be ready to help us, I think that because of the kind of player he is, maybe he will be able to contribute in other ways as a player besides running back. That’s how we would use him as a running back, not playing him at another position.”

Scarbrough will be competing in a deep backfield that already includes Derrick Henry, Kenyan Drake, Jalston Fowler, Altee Tenpenny, Dee Hart and Tyren Jones.

However, the 6-foot-2, 234 pound running back’s rare size and speed combination could give him the edge to get some touches if the team plans to play him as a true freshman.

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