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Tracking the Stars of the Future

Football Recruiting Report
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

By Sammy Batten

Prep star Scarborough keeps his motor running

By Sammy Batten
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Dre Scarborough did things in one quarter as a sophomore at East Duplin High School that most players don't achieve in an entire career.

Playing defensive end for the Panthers in an early season game against Southeast Halifax, Scarborough equaled a national record by returning two fumbles for touchdowns in the first quarter. He didn't stop there, however, recovering a blocked punt for a third score in the same period to spark a 68-0 rout.

The performance netted Scarborough attention outside the confines of his home in the tiny Southeastern North Carolina town of Beulaville — population 1,067 — and ultimately helped land a scholarship offer from East Carolina. The 6-foot, 224-pounder (his measurements at the Shrine Bowl combine in Williamston, NC, on May 5) accepted the offer April 27 to become the second member of the Pirates' recruiting Class of 2012.

“When I went down (to ECU) for Junior Day, I felt like I could fit in and play there and be part of the family,’’ Scarborough said at the Williamston combine. “And I really like Coach Ruffin (McNeill).

“It’s a real good feeling to be going to a good college to play football, and to go to college just period.’’

The Pirates are getting an athlete who will enter his fourth straight season as a starter at one of the state’s top Class 2-A programs.

Scarborough, 17, was named the Jacksonville Daily News Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 when he made 108 tackles, eight sacks and returned two fumbles for touchdowns.

East Duplin coach Battle Holley received an up close and personal look at Scarborough from the opposite sideline during the 2009 state 2-AA playoffs. Holley was head coach at Kinston, which edged Scarborough and the Panthers, 17-14, in the second round.

“He stood out when we played against him at Kinston,’’ Holley said. “We tried to run away from him.’’

Holley left Kinston last June to become offensive coordinator at East Duplin. He was named head coach in January. A Scarborough-led defense that limited foes to a mere seven points a game helped the Panthers produce a 12-2 finish that included the East Central 2-A Conference championship in 2010.

Scarborough played with his hand on the ground as a defensive end in East Duplin’s 4-3 alignment.

“We used him mostly at end and put him at nose guard some,’’ Holley said. “This year we’ll work him at more places, like linebacker.

“He always has his nose around the football. Anytime the football is loose, he is around it. He just has great instincts and a high motor on defense.’’

Scarborough combines that instinct with some impressive athleticism. During the Williamston combine, he displayed his strength (26 repetitions of 185 pounds on bench press), speed (4.74 in 40-yard dash) and agility (4.48 seconds in pro shuttle).

Those attributes earned Scarborough the scholarship offer from ECU and serious interest from schools like Georgia Tech, Maryland, N.C. State and North Carolina, according to Holley.

Some of those schools and others are still pursuing Scarborough. Holley expects other offers to come Scarborough’s way after the summer camp circuit.

“People are still recruiting me, and I’m keeping that in the back of my mind,’’ Scarborough said. “But right now I’m a Pirate.’’

Holley isn’t sure how soon, but he believes some day Scarborough will be a force in the middle of ECU’s defense.

“It comes down a lot of times to x’s and o’s and jimmy and joes,’’ Holley said. “They (ECU) have a lot of great players, and last year had a lot of young players. So how fast he gets on the field for them is hard to determine.

“But I think he’s a good fit for them, no matter where they put him.’’

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