"It was great – it was a good time," Scruggs said. "Everybody down there was cool. The players were cool. All the coaches were cool. It was good getting to meet coach (Ron) English. I would give the visit a 10."
A 6'5, 235-pound defensive end, Scruggs is exactly what new defensive coordinator Ron English needs – a passing rushing force off the edge.
"I think he's a great guy and that he wants the best for all of his players," Scruggs said. "He's not a pressure guy and didn't try to pressure me into going to Louisville but he was more just expressing his want for a rush end down there. Every chance he had he would grab somebody associated with me and try to get them to whisper in my ear. And we had some sit down time and it was really good. I think he's just a good overall person who wants the best for the program and his players."
If Scruggs follows his teammates to Louisville, he'll spend most of his time with new defensive line coach Ken Delgado.
"I think coach Delgado is a great guy," said Scruggs. "We sat there for 20 or 30 minutes and he already taught me a lot that I didn't know. So I can only imagine what he would be able to do in four years. I think he would be able to bring out my full potential."
Scruggs spend considerable time on his visit talking to former Louisville defensive end Peanut Whitehead, whose career was cut short this season because of a spinal condition.
"I loved hanging out with Peanut," Scruggs said. "I talked with Peanut before I got down there and I told him I would listen to him because we're the same person. I told him that I was really going to look up to him if I came down there and that I would really need him to take me under his wing if I came down there. I had a conversation with him today and he said he was going to be there for me. He said he would help me and he didn't hold anything back. He told me the truth about everything down there."
Scruggs has already made official visits to Tennessee, NC State and Louisville. He's planning to visit Wake Forest next weekend and Michigan State on Jan. 25. So far, Scruggs is playing his cards close to the vest, declining to name a favorite when asked.
"I have my five schools and right now I'm just trying to figure out how things go," Scruggs said. "I've got two more visits to Wake Forest and Michigan State. I don't have a leader right now – everybody is on the same level."
Still, the appeal of playing in college with his two best friends – Louisville commits Darius Ashley and Stephon Ball – might ultimately give Steve Kragthorpe's Cardinals and edge.
"That looks good being that they are my two best friends and we played together in high school," Scruggs admitted. "Playing together in college would be great also but I have to make my own decision and (choose) the college that fits me. I have to weigh my options and make sure to find the right school."
Scruggs said he's considering a trio of factors to help him make a decision in the coming weeks.
"People, coaches and academics, in no particular order," Scruggs said. "Mainly I just want to get a degree and I want to be around people if I'm having a bad day can pick me up. And I have to have great coaches because that's who I'll spend most of my time with."