Alabama notes: Kiffin visits Auburn commit Racean Thomas

Anniston StarJanuary 16, 2014 

TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama’s coaching staff didn’t waste anytime hitting the recruiting trail on with Thursday marking the end of the NCAA’s “dead period.”

The big news from the Crimson Tide’s side of things came from new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin heading to Oxford to visit five-star Auburn commit Racean “Roc” Thomas.

Thomas’s high school coach Ryan Herring confirmed that Kiffin was in Oxford and that he visited with Thomas for “about 30 minutes.”

The blue-chip running back prospect took some unofficial visits to Tuscaloosa last spring and fall, but has remained firm in his pledge to the Tigers.

“He’s 100 percent (committed to Auburn),” Herring told the Anniston Star. “I haven’t seen any change. I don’t think you’re going to see a change.”

Thomas, who was named Mr. Football for the state of Alabama on Wednesday, has been committed to Auburn since August of 2013.

At 5-foot-11, 200-pounds, Thomas rushed for 2,211 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior.

With Auburn running back Tre Mason leaving early for the NFL Draft, Thomas could play a big role as a true freshman on the Plains.

Anniston Star reporter Brandon Miller contributed to this report.

Scarbrough moving back to Tuscaloosa

Alabama commit Bo Scarbrough is transferring back to Tuscaloosa County High School, according to multiple reports.

After playing his first three years at Northridge High, Scarbrough briefly transferred to Tuscaloosa County in June of 2013.

In August of 2013, he left Tuscaloosa County for IMG Academy, a Bradenton, Florida-based private athletic training institute.

Scarbrough is listed as an athlete with scouts saying he could play running back, H-back or wide receiver in college. He is a five-star prospect and the No. 3 rated athlete in the nation, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Scarbrough was the Tide’s first commitment of the 2014 class, pledging to the Tide in September of 2012. He is expected to transfer next week.

Brown still recruiting

Despite reports that he will step down, Alabama defensive backs coach Greg Brown is still recruiting, according to

Brown reportedly hit the road with Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban to visit 2015 prospects.

Brown is expected to step down to all Kevin Steele to transition back into an off-field coaching position, according to reports.

Steele is currently the Tide’s director of player personnel.

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