The kid had us listed in his top 2 or 3 schools. He is one of the elite RB recruits in country for 2014. Our search for a top running back continues...
Bo Scarborough to Alabama
That stinks! His name is awesome.
The rich get richer.
...Saban busts out ANOTHER medical scholly.
They say the same thing about M (rich getting richer).
They are a little thin at RB, good for them.
And figured he'd get a lot more early playing time at Bama.
On a non-sarcastic note, he probably looked at the depth charts and realized Bama's RB3/4 would get a lot of PT, sooo yeah, playing time no matter what.
He's from Alabama I believe so this isn't such a big deal. Would have been a great get oh well. Good luck to him but let's prove him wrong over the long term period.
Yes, he lives in Tuscaloosa actually.
Damn. I was hoping to make it through the day without hearing the word "Alabama."
well thay cant all go alabama
Dont tempt Saban.
of kids who don't have the slightest actual intention of coming here. It's a testament to the tradition we have, both athletically and academically.
Another local kid going to Bama, just like my favorite Crimson Tide player ever:
Why don't you go back to Greenbow, Alabama!
Hadn't he narrowed his list to four or five Southern schools with no mention of Michigan?
Maybe this changed, but Scarborough himself said this in July:
"I know there won't be so much pressure now on me at the end," he said. "I already know the school I will attend. I haven't told the coaches yet. I plan on letting them know this week.
"I will announce between Florida, Georgia, Clemson and Alabama. I chose the school where I know I can see myself. I can see myself playing for that team and winning a national championship."
They are the black hole of recruiting. The more mass they attain, the higher their gravitational pull. Eventually, tuscaloosa will cave in on itself, pulling the rest of the world in with it, killing us all and fulfilling ancient mayan prophecy.
DeVeon Smith is one of these. 247's composite rankings (from 247, Scout, Rivals, and ESPN) have him as the #14 RB and #207 overall in his class.
Just as we lose Devin Smith, we get a DeVeon Smith.
For the last couple of years Denard has been the running game. Last year was a step in the right direction with Fitz toting the rock for over 1000yds. But once the pro style offense starts to take hold and the O-line recruits from the last couple of classes start bullying defenses, then we'll probably have RBs beating down the door.
But it's not just Denard. Who was the last blue chip RB that Michigan actually landed? Grady is the last one I can think of and that was years ago, not to mention it didn't exactly pan out wonderfully.
Sam Mcguffie- Ninth best RB in his class rated by Rivals.
Brandon Minor- Rivals top ranked fb,
Carlos Brown- Top 50 overall player and Rivals 5th ranked RB.
Jerome Jackson- 15th best RB in nation by Rivals
Max Martin- same as Jackson
That's a few I found in two minutes in the last decade, sure not 5 stars but highly rated RB recruits. Sometimes those stars aren't as shiny as they look.
I meant a really elite level recruit, hence "blue chip." The backs you list were all good recruits , but none of them were really world-beaters or anything (Minor was Rivals' #109 player and ESPN's #34 RB, for instance, definitely good but not what I would consider "elite"). Of course Michigan can land good/solid RBs, but I was just saying that RB seems like a position where Michigan seems to have strangely struggled to get a really top-tier level recruit.
And I am talking about just landing recruits, so the "sometimes those stars aren't as shiny as they look" doesn't really apply, and the idea that the star ratings don't matter is a debate this board/blog has had plenty of times.
You guys do realize that Brady Hoke has only been here a little over a year and a half and there is still a possibility to land Derrick Green. Give the man some time and realize that this staff has nothing to do with past recruiting misses. Patience and enjoy this season, it's game day FERGODSAKES!
I didn't say anything about Hoke (nor did MrVociferous, for what's it's worth).
The idea that we'd get 17-25% of them is silly. And of those, how many are from around here?
None since Beanie Wells. Unless you're talking that second tier. In which case Brown Bear listed a number of them.
Brown Bear just listed a bunch of them. Top 20 players overall who are running backs? The only guys who be in there are the 2-3 5* running backs I mentioned.
And again...most of them aren't from around here, are they?
All the way to Alabama? Oh, wait...
He's from Tuscaloosa. Big frickin surprise.
The kid's from Alabama, although it blows my mind why anyone would want to play for Saban. Doesn't the state of Michigan have any top talent at RB in 2014?
So how many of these elite 4- and 5-star RBs crowding their backfield are going to end up finishing their careers at Alabama? I foresee at least one suspicious release for medical reasons and a transfer or two. With good young RBs already on campus (Yeldon, Hart, and Fowler), two elite backs committed for the 2013 class, and now Scarborough, there aren't going to be enough carries to go around!
RB tend to go pro in three years which opens up for more recruits.