Now up to 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Jesse Scroggins has had a very busy spring - and he doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.
“Spring has been going great so far,” he said. “I feel like I’ve improved my speed, arm strength, and leadership. We just started spring football last week, and our spring game is next week. Florida, USC, Notre Dame, Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, North Carolina, Colorado, LSU, and Tennessee have all been by to watch me practice so far, and Pittsburgh is supposed to be coming tomorrow.”
“I’ve been taking a few trips of my own,” he added. “I went to Washington back in March. That was a great trip. I’ve also been to USC and UCLA. I’m going to USC’s camp in June, and camps at California and Tennessee over the summer, and then my team is going to Oregon for a 7-on-7 camp.”
The busy schedule for the nation’s 13th ranked quarterback is understandable, as he wants to make sure to consider all the schools recruiting him before making a decision by the end of the summer.
“Everything is going great with recruiting,” he said. “I think I have 14 offers total, from Arizona, Arizona State, California, LSU, Washington, Washington State, Nebraska, Tennessee, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, SMU, and Utah. Florida, USC, and Pittsburgh are also recruiting me but they haven’t offered yet. I don’t have a list, but I’d say I’m hearing the most from Tennessee, Nebraska, and Washington.”
“I want to have a decision made before next school year starts,” he continued. “I’m looking for a school that will give me a fair opportunity. I’m there to compete and I want them to know that. I don’t have a problem going away because I’ve been away from my family before. Academics and tradition will be big for me too. And I’m looking for a big sports town, where people will close their stores on game days.”
Scroggins received his offer from LSU about a month ago, and the four-star prospect was not shy about his excitement for hearing from the Tigers. Now that he’s had time to let everything soak in, he says LSU is still very appealing to him.
“LSU is exciting to me,” he said. “It’s LSU. They win national championships. When Coach McCarthy came to our school last week he showed us the big ring on his finger, and it was awesome. Plus they put close to 100,000 people in the stadium for every game.”
Scroggins has had the opportunity to speak with the Tigers’ wide receivers coach – and other LSU staff members - since he visited the school last week.
“I talked to Coach McCarthy on the phone after he left the school,” he said. “We talked about different things, like some of the new recruits they are offering. He said they want me to come in and compete. He said I was a no brainer, and they saw everything from me in practice that they saw on my tape, and more.”
“I’ve also spoken with Coach Miles for a little bit,” he continued. “He seemed pretty confident in me, and I liked that. And Coach Crowton was actually out here watching me with Coach McCarthy last week. I definitely had a blast showing him what I could do.”
Scroggins teammate and close friend Kevin Anderson has also been offered by LSU recently, and both prospects expressed interest in making a trip to Baton Rouge at some point during the process.
Scroggins says that trip will definitely happen, and it could be sooner rather than later.
“Kevin is basically my little brother and we do everything together,” he said. “We both want to visit, and I think we’re probably going to come in sometime this summer. All I really know about LSU is what I’ve seen from the football team on TV the last few years.
“That why I want to visit and learn as much as I can,” he added. “I want to learn more about the traditions of the school, and the area and people around it.”
As a junior, Scroggins completed 57 percent of his passes for 2,462 yards, 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.