Shugarts sitting on 30+ offers

You can become complacent as the offers continue to roll in and you haven't touched the field since your season ended as a junior. You spent your time before getting your first offer just trying to get at least one. Now you find yourself at 30+ and a top five to six teams of which two just competed for the national title last year. That is where J.B. Shugarts finds himself.

It's been a lot of hard work up to this point for J.B. Shugarts. The 6-foot-7 and 290-pound offensive lineman from Klein (Texas) is still working, trying to become a better player then he already is.

"I have been working out a lot and I have been doing track," Shugarts said. "I throw the discus in track."

Besides staying busy with athletics and working out, Shugarts has been on a couple of recent trips to see some schools. He has a couple more planned and at least one camp where he hopes to have a repeat performance of last year.

"I went up to Texas A&M for their night of champions and I headed over to LSU and saw one of their spring practices. That is all I have done so far."

"Later this spring I might go up to Ohio State for their spring game. In the summer I am going to go over to Florida for a camp, Friday Night Lights. I was the camp MVP last year and I want to go back and re-claim my title."

"I will be going up to Texas A&M this Saturday. They are supposed to be having a scrimmage this Saturday. I will try and make it up to Oklahoma again, after going to their junior day earlier this year and last summer, and maybe Michigan."

There is only so much that you can typically get done in the late spring to early summer and there is at least one school that Shugarts said that he would like to see, but wasn't sure if there would be time.

"Maybe Alabama. I am really being heavily recruited by Alabama lately and by Coach Major Applewhite. I am not sure if I will be able to make it over there this spring or summer."

Spring ball is right around the corner for Texas high schools. Some dread those days returning, but Shugarts can't wait to strap on the pads again. "Yeah, spring practice starts up for us April 18th. I am excited! I am ready to go."

When you watch Shugarts you have to note the offense that Klein runs. Their offense is primarily a running attack and Shugarts excels at run blocking. However, he does enjoy success pass blocking when he is asked to do it.

"The offense that we run is the Wing-T. We probably run the ball 80% of the time and I am really good at drive blocking and taking my blocks downfield. I am quick off the ball and I finish blocks. I get to run block a lot, but I am also really good at pass-blocking. I only gave up one sack this year."

The total number of offers is something that Shugarts couldn't accurately give. It's a lot, but he doesn't let the success that he has enjoyed so early in the process all him to become satisfied with what he has now. He knows that he has to continue to work and remember what the early goals were.

"It's somewhere in the 30's. I just try and stay level-headed about it. I am blessed and I am thankful for what I have. I am not going to take it for granted because it can be taken away from you."

"I try and remember what it was like to be looking for that first offer. All I was ever looking for was that first offer. Now I have 30+. You just have to remember where you came from."

Shugarts knows what he is looking for when it comes to picking out a school. He wants to go to a school that enjoys success on the field, wants to participate early, good academics and is also looking at the coaching staff.

"I want a school that is consistently good every year and has a chance to contend for a national championship. Somewhere that I can play early and help the team as soon as possible. I want a place with good academics, but everyone really has that. I want good coaches too. Coaches that will be there my entire career."

Shugarts will tell you that there are some drawbacks to naming names on your leader board. When other schools see that they didn't make the cut they usually turn up the recruiting pressure. For Shugarts though, it's really been a top five or six for him all long.

"I made a top four, but when that happened all of the colleges that weren't on that list started recruiting me like crazy. So right now, it's pretty wide open. I have about five or six that are in mind. It would be LSU, Florida, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Michigan are all right up there."

"It becomes really hard. You find yourself liking one school more than the other, but that's because you are talking more to that one school and not the others. Then you start talking to the others more. It's really hard to pick one out and balance all of it."

Nebraska is one of the 30+ teams to offer Shugarts. Last year, the Nebraska coaches had to sit through a rain-delay to catch a game where Shugarts was playing. He knows that the Nebraska coach was there though.

"Nebraska came to one of my games last year against Klein (Texas) Oak, but we had a three hour rain delay. The coach ended up staying until about 11:00 or 11:30, but then he had to leave and catch a flight. I think that it was Coach Dennis Wagner that was down here."

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