MORGANTON, N.C. — Freedom High School principal Mike Swan told SEC Country that Alabama running back signee B.J. Emmons should have “no problem” meeting NCAA academic requirements for the 2016 season.
“From my understanding, he’s got enough points — with successful completion of the second semester and with the super score on the sliding scale for the ACT — he’ll have enough points to meet the requirements to attend Alabama,” Swan said of Emmons, the No. 2-rated tailback in the Class of 2016.
The NCAA requires student-athletes to attain a certain score on a sliding scale that combines the prospect’s grade-point average and standardized test scores.
The news comes just one day after Alabama defensive line signee Raekwon Davis told SEC Country he’s officially heading to Tuscaloosa next month. There were concerns that Davis, a four-star prospect whose academic eligibility has been up in the air, would have had to enroll in a junior college.
With Freedom’s testing window opening up June 1-7, Swan said Emmons will have to take some tests at the high school on June 1 — the earliest he’ll be able to arrive at Alabama is June 3. He would be able to return to Freedom for graduation on June 10.
“It’s not something that I think, I know I’m going to qualify,” Emmons told SEC Country.
Emmons plans to take the SAT for the first time on May 7 to help give himself even more cushion toward qualifying. After improving his ACT score last month, Emmons has worked to bring his GPA up.
“He stepped up to the challenge. He knows what he’s got to do to get to Alabama so that’s kind of paid off for him and everybody,” Swan said. “He sees that apple, and can finally reach that apple and put forth the effort to get there. He’s got a lot of support here from the teachers at Freedom which helps as well.”
Added Freedom football coach Brandon Allen: “Academically, he’s fine right now. As long as he does what he’s supposed to — and he’s on track to do what he is supposed to — then academically he’s going to be fine with Alabama. There’s not going to be any issues.”
Emmons is one of two running back signees for Alabama in the 2016 class. He and Joshua Jacobs (Tulsa, Okla.) will provide much-needed depth for Alabama, as the team is down to just two scholarship running backs in Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris. Harris and Scarbrough carried the ball a combined 64 times during NFL-bound starter Derrick Henry’s Heisman Trophy campaign last season.
Emmons, a consensus four-star prospect, rushed for 2,417 yards and scored 41 total touchdowns as a senior at Freedom. He chose Alabama over Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.
All rankings and ratings according to the 247Sports Composite.