Bo Scarborough has been on the recruiting radar for some time. The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Northridge star put his name out there even more last week with a surprise commitment to Alabama. But is he the best back in the state?
Oxford (Ala.) High's Racean Thomas may have something to say about that, in what should be a close race either way in the class of 2014.
Thomas, like Scarborough, is a quiet guy. He works hard and leads his team's offense seemingly with ease at times. Though the Yellow Jackets fell Friday to Gadsden City (Ala.) 28-21, Thomas did his part with 255 yards on the ground to go along with two scores. He even had an 82-yard touchdown called back, in what was just another example of the 6-foot, 197-pounders true balance as a back that can get by you with break-away speed or with power and quickness in the hole. The truest evidence of his power was in the wishbone formation, when he was able to account for more than half of his yards on the night.
"It's something we kind of use for short yardage, but we got yards from anywhere on the field, so we started doing that," said Thomas.
Where does his unusual skill-set come from?
"My dad was a fullback, my grandma played center in basketball, my mom played softball – my family is pretty athletic," said the junior. "My cousin played running back in high school, my brother plays wide receiver, so it's kind of genetic."
While Thomas credits his talent to everybody in his family; his recruitment is more of an intimate process. With rumors swirling on him committing sooner than later, Thomas set the record straight.
"I don't want to make a decision too fast, because I don't want to have any regrets," he said. "I don't want to be like, ‘Oh, I like this school better now (after committing elsewhere).' So I just kind of want to take my time on it.
"At first, I was like ‘I feel like I want to commit.' But then my dad talked to me about it. He said I don't want to do it too fast, because if you want to go somewhere else you'll have to decommit and probably losing some of that team's trust. "
Most realize that the Crimson Tide would have been the school he pledged to if the decision was imminent, and the reigning BCS Champs are still on top.
Thomas said the difference between pledging now and later is that ultimate certainty that the school of choice is truly the best fit for the versatile back.
"I want to know 100 percent," he affirmed. "I don't want to feel like I have to decommit at all."
In the meantime, the elite junior will take some SEC visits to get a better feel for some of the schools in the running for his services. He'll start with Saturday's Auburn – Louisiana-Monroe game.
Said Thomas, "Then I'm going to try to hit the Alabama – Ole Miss game and a couple of LSU games so I'll try to get up there."