Scruggs discusses decision

Greg Scruggs, a three-star DE from Cincinnati, said he chose Louisville over Tennessee, Wake Forest and several other BCS programs for two major reasons. Scout.com's No. 56-ranked defensive end prospect broke down those reasons with InsideTheVille.com Monday night.

Greg Scruggs, a three-star DE from Cincinnati, said he chose Louisville over Tennessee, Wake Forest and other for two major reasons.

"It was close to home and my mother can drive down and watch me play," Scruggs said. "Louisville is where I felt most comfortable. I already knew Peanut and me and him talked to each other a lot. So that really helped out a lot as far as me being comfortable there. Those were the two main things right there – it was close to home and that's where I felt the most comfortable."


Greg Scruggs wanted to stay close to home.

Scruggs will join two of his high school teammates and best friends – three-star RB Darius Ashley and two-star TE Stephon Ball – next season at Louisville. Did Scruggs' friends play a big influence on his decision?

"It wasn't a factor at all just because I had to make the decision that was best for me," said Scruggs. "Now the fact that I'm going there and will be able to play with them that's lovely. But it wasn't really a factor at all just because I had to do what was best for me. It just happened to be that Louisville was what was best."

Scruggs cancelled a visit to Michigan State last weekend and said he reached his decision Sunday night.

"I talked to my mother about it a lot and asked her about where she felt comfortable and she said Louisville," said Scruggs. "Then I called coach Specht and talked to him and I told him that's where I felt most comfortable. So he told me to go ahead and commit. So I called Coach K (Monday) morning and he had been waiting for that call for a long time. I made the decision last night."

The reaction from the Louisville coaches to Scruggs' announcement was one of jubilation.

"All of their coaches were happy," Scruggs said. "Coach K told me I made his day. Coach (Ron) English, I talked to him – he's out in California – he wanted to let me know how excited he was about the package he was going to have for me. The defensive line coach told me he was really excited. So everybody was pretty pumped up."

"It's good to know that the coaches and the fans wanted me down there," added Scruggs. "That makes me feel more comfortable going down there."


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