Sunseri serves as mentor to Scarbrough

When Vinnie Sunseri moved to Tuscaloosa before his senior year, it wasn’t easy. It was a new city, a new school, a new football team and essentially a new life. But it didn’t take long for him to become friends with his new teammate at Northridge High School, Bo Scarbrough.

Scarbrough was just a freshman when Sunseri was a senior, but the two developed a relationship that remains strong to this day.

“I always like to hang around good guys and people who do the right thing,” Scarbrough said. “When he first came down to the school, I got cool with him, saw what a great guy he was and how fun he was to hang around and have by your side. We got very close, starting caring for each other, and we became boys.

“We have a very close relationship. He cares about me a lot. I care about him a lot, and I love that he cares about me, too.”

After a standout season at Northridge, Sunseri signed with the University of Alabama to play safety. As a freshman, he helped the Crimson Tide win a national championship with his work on both defense and special teams. This season he has been one of the top playmakers on defense.

Since Sunseri graduated, Scarbrough has had plenty of success in his own right. He’s one of the top running back prospects in the country for 2014.

When it came time for the ESPN Watch List prospect to make a decision, he committed to Alabama because he knew he wanted to stay close to home, but he also knew he wanted to play with his friend again.

Sunseri was one of the first people to call Scarbrough when he heard the news.

“He was telling me congrats, and he couldn’t wait until I got over there so he can play football with me again,” Scarbrough said.

This Saturday, Sunseri has to face his father, Sal Sunseri, as Alabama travels to Tennessee to take on the Volunteers. The elder Sunseri accepted the defensive coordinator position at UT before the season.

However, Scarbrough knows his former teammate will do whatever he has to do to win the game, that he'll lay it all out on the field.

“I don’t know,” Scarbrough said. “It’s kind of weird because he played with his dad when he was first there, and now he’s got to play against him. Looking at it, he’s not going to back down. He’s got to win, and I just think he’s going to try win it.