NORTHPORT, Ala. -- When Bo Scarbrough signed his name on the dotted line, a weight was lifted from his shoulders and a long journey slowly came to an end.
In the past year, Scarbrough has attended three different high schools: from Northridge to Tuscaloosa County to IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) and back to Tuscaloosa County in January to finish high school.
But on Wednesday, he finally found the place he wants to call home for the next three to five years, officially joining Alabama’s No. 1 recruiting class for the 2014 cycle.
“You only get one time in your life to do this,” Scarbrough said, “and I choose to keep my talents in Tuscaloosa.”
With family, friends and media around, Scarbrough signed his national letter of intent for the Crimson Tide at Clark’s Sports Pub and Grille in Northport.
“First of all, I’d like to thank God,” Donetris Scarbrough, Bo’s mother said. “Second of all, it’s been a long process. It was fun going down different roads and taking different trips, but at the end of the day we’re roll tide.”
Scarbrough was the Tide’s first commitment for its 2014 class, pledging back in September of 2012. But down the stretch, Scarbrough said he thought about looking elsewhere.
Among others, Ole Miss and Florida State both tugged at him hard and he took visits to multiple schools. But ultimately, home field advantage won out.
“I thought about it, but once you try to leave a place and your heart tells you it’s where you need to be, that’s where you need to be,” he said. “It was very important to me because you’re not far away from home and you can always get to your family and you can always see your mom and they can always see you play.
“By staying in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, it was a very great choice.”
His mother agreed.
“I’m super excited, glad to have him back home” Donetris said. “It was his decision. At the end of the day, I just want him to be comfortable wherever he goes and have everyone support him. I look forward to the future.”
Scarbrough is one of six five-stars in the Tide’s class. Scarbrough has the ability to play multiple positions and is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 athlete, according to 247Sports Composite rankings.
“From coach (Nick) Saban’s standpoint, he told me that I’ll play running back,” Scarbrough said.
Scarbrough rushed for 1,118 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior at IMG Academy and said he feels most comfortable at running back.
But what about the Tide’s never ending depth at running back? Scarbrough said he doesn’t care how many guys are there because “it’s all about competition.”
“I think I bring a lot to the table,” Scarbrough said. “I can be a (feature) player for that offense. I can play wide receiver. I can play tight end. I can play running back. As long as it’s on the offensive side, I can do it.”
Scarbrough said he improved as a player and a teammate while at IMG Academy.
“(I improved) my running style and being able to study a playbook the size of a textbook,” he said. “Being able to get along with people from other countries. There was rarely people there from the U.S. There were people from all over the place and you have to know how to communicate.”
Still, there is a lot of work for Scarbrough to do academically before enrolling at Alabama.When asked about his academic status, he said “we’re still working on it,” but confirmed that he expects to qualify. He said he is currently taking a full course load at Tuscaloosa County High.