"He's a very good defensive player and has a nose for the football," East Duplin head coach Battle Holley said.
Scarborough holds the national record for fumble returns for a touchdown in a game. As a sophomore against Southeast Halifax, he returned three for scores.
"The ball was right there," Scarborough said. "All I had to do was scoop it up and score, basically."
Scarborough will be a four-year starter for East Duplin, a football powerhouse in the 2A classification. He ended his junior season with 108 tackles, eight sacks, and two defensive touchdowns.
"He has played defensive end for us, but this year I think we're going to work him at linebacker, because we think that's going to be his spot on the next level," Holley said. "Even if we work him at linebacker, we're still going to have some things for him to put his hand on the ground."
Due to his lack of ideal height for defensive end, most schools are recruiting Scarborough as a linebacker. Holley believes Scarborough will do fine making the transition.
"He runs well," Holley said. "And he has a nose for the football on the defensive side of the ball. I think he has a really good chance at linebacker."
At North Carolina camp last summer, Scarborough was asked to work out at linebacker after spending a session with the defensive line. However, the lingering effects of wrist surgery prevented him from continuing to participate in the camp.
East Carolina, Georgia Tech, UNC, and NC State are the four schools recruiting Scarborough the hardest. He is also receiving interest from Alabama, Duke, and Wake Forest.
Scarborough has only visited two schools – UNC and NC State. Those two ACC rivals also happen to be the two schools Scarborough likes the most. He's leaning slightly towards the Wolfpack.
"[NC State] is close to home and I feel like I can fit in there," Scarborough said. "I like Carolina, too, but not like I like State. I feel comfortable at State – like I feel here [at East Duplin]. But I could see myself at Carolina, too."
Scarborough also starts on East Duplin's basketball team and throws the shot put for its track and field team. As a sophomore, he was forced to throw with his left hand, because his right wrist was broken. "I actually threw better with my left," Scarborough said … Basketball is Scarborough's first love. He grew up following Tar Heel basketball.
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