Tough Process
Lamar Scruggs
National Recruiting Editor
Posted Jul 1, 2008


"I'm going to South Carolina on July 10," Lamar Scruggs said. Another school that Scruggs may visit this summer is West Virginia. "They've been real good the past few years and they've been producing some good athletes," Scruggs said. "I really like the offense they run and how they really spread the ball around. I've also heard West Virginia is also a really nice atmosphere..."

Lamar Scruggs, the 6-foot-3, 212-pound three-star wide receiver from Duncan Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach, Fla., denies narrowing down his choices yet from among the 35 scholarship offers he claims to have received.

"That's very hard," Scruggs admitted. "I don't have a top five yet. I'm trying to narrow things down narrow, but it's a hard process.

"I want a good family vibe and where I'll fit in," he said. "I also want good coaches and want to play for coaches that really care about their players. I want to feel like I can talk to my coach anytime about anything."

Some of the schools that have offered Scruggs, which may make his final cut, are Florida, South Carolina, Michigan, Auburn, Clemson and West Virginia. His first offer came from Illinois last September.

Scruggs says he always followed Florida as a youngster. "They are only three hours from here," he said. "It's always nice to stay close, but I don't mind travelling.

"I really liked the colors at Florida when I was younger," he stated. "That's what caught my attention. My whole family is Gator fans.

"I also really like the coaches and I feel like I can relate well with their wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales," Scruggs said. "He's a great guy and it's a very family-oriented team."

The Gators are one of the only schools that Scruggs has already visited, but he says he plans to go on a few unofficial visits during the summer. "I'm going to South Carolina on July 10," he said.

"I really like coach Steve Spurrier and (wide receiver) coach Steve Spurrier, Jr.," Scruggs said. "They are both real cool and laid-back guys.

"I love how they run their offense and how they use their receivers," he said. "They said they'd use me as an outside wing receiver and I feel like I could really excel in that offense."

Another school that Scruggs may visit this summer is West Virginia. "They've been real good the past few years and they've been producing some good athletes," Scruggs said. "I really like the offense they run and how they really spread the ball around. I've also heard West Virginia is also a really nice atmosphere."

Although Scruggs insists that distance won't be a factor, he does admit that Michigan may be "a bit far."

"I really don't know too much about Michigan yet," Scruggs said. "They have pretty good tradition and I'll try and do some more research on them. It is a little far, but I'd probably like to go up there and check them out."

Some of the other schools that have offered Scruggs are Florida State, Louisville, South Florida and several others.

Scruggs, now ranked as the No. 59 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com, finished his junior season with 35 catches for over 600 yards and 11 touchdowns. His team finished with a 9-3 record.

"I think I'm a very physical receiver," Scruggs said. "I can get my body between the defensive back and the ball and I'm just tough to bring down.

"Some people say I play like Larry Fitzgerald, which is a real compliment because he's my favorite player," he said. "I try to be just like him. I'm number 11 and I even have the dreads like him."

One thing that Scruggs thinks he needs to improve to be more like Fitzgerald is his quickness. "I really want to get quicker off the line," he said. "I'm also working on getting in and out of routes faster."

Scruggs says he can bench press 260-pounds and runs forty in 4.5.

He reports a 3.1 core GPA and took the SAT on June 7 and ACT on June 14.



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