Major early interest in Scruggs
One of the top players in the Midwest in the 2017 class is Indianapolis (Ind.) Southport standout Paul Scruggs. The 6-foot-3 guard is an excellent athlete with an elite motor, and he continues to add to his skillset. Now numerous schools are making him a priority on the recruiting trail. “I think I have improved my jump shooting, and I am also more comfortable with the ball in my hands,” said Scruggs as he heads into his sophomore season. Along with teammate Joey Brunk, expectations are high at Southport, and Scruggs has big goals. “I’m just trying to help my team win a state championship,” said Scruggs. “I know we have to work hard, and that is what we are doing this fall.” Recruiting wise numerous schools are already showing him significant attention. “It is mostly the same schools,” explained Scruggs. “Butler, Indiana, Purdue, Kansas, Xavier, Michigan State, UCLA, and Ohio State are some of the schools I’m hearing from.” Indiana is one of the schools that Scruggs has an offer from, and he is expected to be in attendance for Hoosier Hysteria. About that event, Scruggs said, “I just want it to be like it has been in the past. It will be hyped with everybody getting into it.” Another school that has issued an offer is Kansas, and it was exciting for Scruggs to get that offer. “I was so excited to hear that Kansas has offered me,” noted Scruggs. “Coach (Mike) Peterson called me and said they offered, and I was just speechless. I like the Jayhawks. I don’t know that much about them, but I would like to plan a trip down there.” Also Xavier has offered Scruggs and he says he has built a strong relationship with the coaching staff. “Me and Xavier have a real good relationship,” said Scruggs. “I have been talking to the head coach and the assistant coach, and I really like them.” At this point Scruggs says he isn’t that close to a decision, and wants to make a lot more visits to gain more information.
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