The recruitment of Patrick Scoggins has picked up in recent weeks, but it won’t be needed now as the JUCO offensive lineman has made his decision.
Scoggins, a 6-foot-3, 305-pound interior lineman out of Long Beach C.C., picked up an Iowa State offer in mid-October and committed Monday night to the Cyclones after making an official visit during the weekend.
“It has picked up a lot really the last two weeks,” Long Beach C.C. coach Brett Peabody said. “At the same time, Patrick went out there, really loved the coaching staff, loved the new teammates and felt like they were guys he’d enjoy being with for the next few years of his career.
“He’s shut down his recruiting from here on out. He’s excited about the opportunity to play in the Big 12 and he’s a Cyclone. Nothing’s changing that.”
Scoggins will be a mid-year transfer, signing on later this month with three years to play two at Iowa State. While at Long Beach C.C., Scoggins has been used as a guard, but he does have versatility.
Iowa State has recruited Scoggins as a guard/center, and his coach said he has also shown the ability to move outside when needed.
“He can snap the ball. He didn’t do that for us just because he was far more valuable to us at the guard position,” Peabody said. “What’s amazing and unique — it shows his football IQ and his level of intelligence — is we had an injury about midway through the season and Patrick actually bumped out to left tackle and played our left tackle spot at an incredibly high level as well. His versatility I think is going to really help the program, but I think he’ll be a center/guard primarily.”
One thing that caught Scoggins’ attention even as other interest began to pick up was Iowa State’s recruitment. The Cyclones have long been in on the lineman before eventually offering in mid-October. That interest picked up through the season.
Scoggins is an all-conference lineman who is expected to pick up additional honors. He is described by his coach as extremely physical and explosive.
“They’re getting an offensive lineman that we feel was the best guard in southern California if not the state, we didn’t see a lot of northern California,” Peabody said. “I think they’ve got a special one in him.”
As with most JUCO players, Scoggins is expected to be able to arrive at Iowa State in January and be ready to play immediately.
“His film is incredible. He mashes people,” Peabody said. “He’s ready to play right now, we expect him to play right now and I think they’re counting on him, I believe, to play right now. He’s really excited.”