Scruggs a Hot Commodity (Part 2)

In part two of our interview with Cincinnati St. Xavier DE Greg Scruggs, the rising prospect discusses his Michigan recruitment, his favorite, the most significant factors in his choice, his decision timetable, and more.

When did Michigan get involved in your recruitment?

Greg Scruggs: “The unique thing with some of these schools is I didn’t talk to the recruiters at all. They were doing all of their talking through my head coach, Coach Specht. Coach Specht was mailing them film and keeping them updated. About two weeks ago he was like, ‘Michigan might offer you.’ I’m like, ‘Michigan State?’ He was like, ‘no, the University of Michigan.’ I’m like,’ really?!’ He said, ‘yeah, I’ve been talking to their coaches and sending them film.’ Then sure enough, on Thursday Coach DeBord called me and said, ‘we would like to offer you a full scholarship to the University of Michigan. I’ve seen you and you’re unbelievable as a player playing his first year. You’ve got a lot going for you and we think you can help this program.’ I was excited. I thought to myself, ‘this is one of the best college football teams in the country.’ It was a big deal to me. I called my best friend, my mom, and my girlfriend and I’m like, ‘yall won’t believe who just offered me. Michigan!’ I’ve still got people coming up to me saying, ‘hey, did Michigan offer you? Dude that’s sweet!’ That’s their reaction, ‘dude, that’s sweet!’ or ‘dude, that’s awesome!’ I never would have thought it would happen.”

You’ve got ten offers on the table. Are there still schools that you’re holding out for offers from?

Greg Scruggs: “Not really. I’m not holding out for anybody. Like I said, I want to get college paid for. When I got my Miami of Ohio offer I wanted to commit on the spot. I’m anxious waiting to get school paid for and when they finally said they would pay for it I was like, ‘awww, this is it! (Laughing). I don’t need anything else.’ Coach Specht was like, ‘I know it’s your first offer, but just relax. You’re going to get plenty more.’ I’m content with what I’ve got. There are plenty of kids who are still figuring out how they are going to pay for college. I have choice of colleges to go to for free. I’m happy. If other schools come, it’s just another blessing on the plate.”

Do you have a favorite at this point?

Greg Scruggs: “No favorites at all. I’m still shocked. It’s coming fast. I didn’t realize it was going to be like this. Darius told me once they started piling on that it was going to be a lot. But I didn’t know it was going to come this quick. I’m just now starting to look into the different schools and that’s going to help prepare me for when I want to trim the list down and decide which school I want to go to. So no favorite.”

Did you grow up a fan of any particular school?

“Not at all. My family is not a big sports family. We watch occasional NFL, but college football wasn’t really big. My family is all preachers and preacher’s wives and things like that. They’re real big on staying straightforward in God and school. I love playing sports myself, but I never followed anything. This is all kind of new to me. The whole sports thing is kind of new to me too except for the schools everybody hears about like the Ohio States, the Notre Dames, and the Michigans. Other than that, I’m brand new to it.”

When you get to the point of making a decision, what are going to be the most significant factors in your choice?

Greg Scruggs: “My high school is one of the most academically rigorous schools in the country, so I’ve grown to be real big on academics. That’s definitely going to play a big part. I also look at the possibility of me playing, how many people they have already committed, how many people they have there…will I be able to contribute to the team? Do they think I can contribute or are they just recruiting me as statistic? Then also, just the environment. I’m an open person. I hate being in dead places. I love meeting new people and chit-chatting with people. I want an open environment. I’m not a fan of a tired environment or an uptight environment.”

Do you know what you want to major in? You mentioned loving the drums. Might you major in music?

Greg Scruggs: “I’ll probably major in marketing or accounting. I’m not sure yet. It won’t be music. Like I said, I’ve been playing the drums all my life. I’ve marched in parades and everything. I’m a little tired of it now.”

Will distance from home be a factor in your choice?

Greg Scruggs: “Not at all. My mom said that once I went away to college that she would probably move to where I was so she can watch me play. If not, hopefully some of my games will be televised. I’m doing whatever it takes, and my family understands. If it takes me moving 1000 miles away for college to get paid for, then that’s what it takes. I’m willing to do it. That’s like $100,000 my family doesn’t have to worry about. If I’m getting school paid for to work out… come on! You can’t complain. There’s no factor that’s going to hold me back from accepting a scholarship to wherever I want to go.”

Your friend and teammate Darius Ashley just committed to Louisville a few days ago. Have you guys discussed the idea of going to school together?

Greg Scruggs: “We talked a little bit about it. Obviously me and him… we’re tight. That’s like my older brother. We’ve talked about the opportunity to play together in college and how it’d be fun. But then again we understand that we each have to do what’s best for us. If that’s not going to the same college, then it’s not. If it is, then we’ll look into it.”

Do you have a timetable for when you’d like to make your choice?

Greg Scruggs: “I’ll probably wait until next year. Don’t expect anything until next year because first of all I’m waiting until after the season to see if any more offers come. Then I’m going to start shaving the schools down. Then I’ll take my visits and make my decision off of that. I think I’m pretty set on taking all five official visits. I’m not pushing anything. I’m just waiting until everything comes in.”

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