Patrick Scoggins has been told at times that he is too small to play at the next level, and at 6-foot-3 he may be smaller than a prototypical lineman. Despite doubts from some Division I programs, though, Scoggins will arrive in Ames next week as a mid-year signee set to play in the Big 12.
“Words can’t express the way I feel that this school is giving me an opportunity to play in one of the biggest conferences in the nation regardless of my height and whatnot,” Scoggins said. “Some schools say I’m too short and whatnot, but I don’t feel that’s a reason for me to not be playing this game anymore.”
Scoggins may be shorter, but he certainly isn’t small. “He’s a 300 pounder and he’ll roll you up,” coach Paul Rhoads said. The mid-year transfer from Long Beach C.C, who will arrive at Iowa State with three years to play two, is listed at 305 pounds and will see time on Iowa State’s interior this spring.
What Scoggins provides Iowa State on the interior is versatility. He played most of the past two seasons at guard for Long Beach C.C., but also moved out to tackle when needed because of injury. For the Cyclones he’ll be limited to the interior and has talked with offensive coordinator Mark Mangino about competing at center, where he has past experience.
“I haven’t talked to them specifically about replacing [Tom] Farniok, but I have just been talking to them about coming in and playing immediately whether that be guard or center,” Scoggins said. “To me it doesn’t matter what position I go into as long as I’m out there playing. I’m going to do whatever is best for the team.”
Iowa State offered Scoggins in mid-October and its interest in Scoggins only picked up from there. He shut his recruitment down after committing to the Cyclones in early December, having received strong interest from Southern Mississippi, Texas San-Antonio and Toledo.
Scoggins was an all-conference lineman at Long Beach C.C., described by coach Brett Peaobody as one of the top JUCO linemen he saw in recent seasons in the northern California area.
“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.”
Scoggins will arrive in Ames on Jan. 8, ready to prove doubters wrong.
“I’m just really excited and really ready to prove everyone wrong and prove that I can play,” Scoggins said. “For Coach Rhoads to believe in me is really important to me and I don’t want to let anyone down.”