The 6-foot-3, 305-pound JUCO offensive lineman from Long Beach C.C., committed to Iowa State this weekend after months of interest from the Cyclones. While he has often heard he’s too short from various teams, Scoggins could compete to fill a void at center beginning when he arrives in January.
“I know [Mark Mangino] really believes in me to play center and I think that center is more ideal for my height situation,” Scoggins said. “I can play either [guard or center]. Whichever one the team needs me at is the one I’m going to play.”
Scoggins will arrive as a mid-year transfer with three years to play two. His recruitment has picked up in recent weeks, but Iowa State, by virtue of showing strong interest all season long and offering in mid-October, won him over.
The lineman has picked up interest from Southern Mississippi, Texas San-Antonio and Toledo (where he was set to visit this weekend), but after making an official visit to Iowa State over the weekend he was sold.
“A huge part of the decision was the coaching staff,” Scoggins said. “I really got along with all of the coaches, they seemed really genuine. The players also seemed really genuine and cool, down-to-earth players and that was a huge part of my decision. Also was how nice the facility and campus is, it’s a top-of-the-line campus and that’s always what my mom dreamed of me to go to, so that was a big part too.”
Scoggins, an all-conference player at Long Beach C.C., has been a mainstay at guard, but he does have versatility. He is accustomed to snapping in the past and has also shifted outside to tackle when the team has needed.
“I didn’t get as many center reps this season as I would have liked in junior college, so I’m going to have to start practicing my snaps now, but I’ve snapped the ball before and I’m pretty sure I can do it again,” Scoggins said. “The transition from guard to center is not that much different as far as technique-wise as [far as] I know.”
Scoggins is expected to compete to play immediately, especially with four-year center Tom Farniok graduating. Being a mid-year transfer, Scoggins said, will allow him to learn the playbook early, work in Iowa State’s facilities and compete for a spot on the line in spring ball.
His coach has no doubt Iowa State is getting a good offensive lineman.
“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,” Long Bech C.C. coach Brett Peabody said. “His film is incredible. He mashes people. I think they’ve got a special one in him.”