Jeffrey Brett Shugarts, or J.B. for short, is that big, 6-foot-7, 300 pound offensive tackle you've heard so much about from Klein High School in Texas. "I move quick and only gave up two sacks in two years," Shugarts said. "We run the ball a lot and I'm a great drive blocker and can pull well. I'm fast (5.15 forty) and can stay with the safeties downfield."
He says benches 340 pounds, squats 425 and has a 27 1/2-inch vertical jump.
"I want to be a sponge and just learn as much as I can," he said. "I need to learn the pass blocking pro-style more because that's what they run in college. I want to learn the kick step and kick slide and where to place my hands."
Shugarts says he has over 30 scholarship offers from schools all across the country.
Although he denies a leader, Shugarts favors LSU, Florida, Ohio State, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Alabama. All of his favorites have offered. He also has offers from schools such as Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Duke, North Carolina State, Florida State, Miami, Auburn, Kansas, Georgia and many others.
"A&M was the first offer I got when I was a sophomore, but that was a verbal offer from coach Fran (Aggies head coach Dennis Franchione)," Shugarts said. "The first written offer that I opened up was from Ohio State on September 1. I had a pile of letters sitting there and Ohio State just happened to be the first one I grabbed."
Shugarts says he has family in Ohio and that he's already unofficially visited the Buckeyes. "They are reconstructing their facilities and the campus is really nice," he said. "The program is really family-oriented and I like that coach Jim Tressel will be around for a long time."
The only junior day that he has attended this year was at Oklahoma. "It was a lot of fun," he said. "I liked the coaches a lot. They have a great bond with their players."
Shugarts said he didn't grow up favoring a specific school, although he does come from a football family. "I was just into football," Shugarts said. "I guess I liked watching Miami a lot, but really I would watch every game I could. My dad and I watch a lot of football."
His dad, Brett, played defensive line for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL and now is the d-line coach at St. Pious High School in Houston, Texas. "My dad gives me a lot of advice and is a big help," Shugart said. "He says to keep a level head and not to get too wrapped up in everything. He told me not to take anything for granted."
Shugarts just had his spring break and unlike most teenagers that head to the beach to relax, Shugarts went to visit LSU. "It's a really beautiful campus and I like the new offensive line coach (former Bowling Green offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa)," Shugarts said. "He's a great guy. I also really liked talking to head coach Les Miles. We had lunch after practice and he's very confident they'll win a national championship. He says that if I graduate early, I could come in the spring and compete early. They really need offensive linemen and he thinks I could start as a freshman."
Graduating early is something that Shugarts is very seriously considering. "I'd love to get a jump on everything and go to college early," he said. "I have enough credits, so I should be able to graduate early without a problem."
If he does end up graduating early, he'll most like be making a commitment early too. Shugarts says he doesn't have a timetable for his commitment, but he knows how he'd like to announce it. "I want to do what Chris Stewart (former offensive lineman for Klein who is now a sophomore at Notre Dame) did," he said. "Chris gave a nice speech and thanked everybody. That's what I want to do. I want a chance to thank all my coaches and teammates and friends. I don't care if it's a press conference with cameras or just at my school, but I definitely want to do something like that.
"I want a place that feels like home," he said. "I want to play for a coach that will be there for my whole career and someplace where I'll get a chance to compete for a national championship. I don't care if I'm close to home or what the weather is like, just as long as I feel comfortable. Sometimes when I think about football and how much I love playing, I get the chills…that's the kind of feeling I want to have about the school I pick."
Shugarts reports a 3.6 core GPA and a 20 ACT.