Heels to Get Visit from 4-Star QB

A strong personal connection has North Carolina assistant coach John Blake pursuing a recruit from the Golden State - Jesse Scroggins.

"[Blake] goes back a long time with on of my dad's closest friends," Scroggins said. "A while ago, I went with my uncle to a dinner… There he just introduced me to Coach Blake."

Phillips Shores is Scroggins' uncle and played at Oklahoma between 1980-83. During his time in Norman, Shores roomed with Blake.

Since their initial meeting, Scroggins has developed into a 6-foot-2, 191-pound four-star quarterback. Thus, his association with Blake has converted to a recruit-recruiter relationship.

"Our relationship has become even closer," Scroggins said. "I spoke to him [Saturday] night, actually. We typically speak weekly.

"Basically, [we discuss] the recruiting process and my personal life. We don't really talk about [UNC] recruiting me, because all the other colleges call [and do that]. He just tells me ‘You have to be careful who you talk to [and] what you say.'"

Two weeks ago, UNC extended Scroggins a scholarship offer – even though quarterback isn't a position of need for the 2010 class.

"[Recruiting a quarterback] wasn't really in their mind, but [Blake] showed them my tape," Scroggins said. "They asked him where he found me. He said ‘I met him when he wasn't even big.'"

Scroggins has collected approximately 15 scholarship offers. Florida, LSU, and Tennessee highlight his list of offers.

Somewhere between late July and mid-August, Scroggins will narrow his list of options down to five schools. He will then make a verbal commitment by the end of August.

Scroggins says location isn't a factor in his collegiate decision and that UNC is a viable option. Furthermore, having Blake on staff provides UNC with an edge.

"I go by what Coach Blake says, because Coach Blake has never lied to me," Scroggins said. "He knows a lot about UNC and he really likes UNC."

The most important factor when Scroggins evaluates schools is the atmosphere of its campus/town.

"I'm looking for a school that has a sports town – everything is about football," Scroggins said. "I'm looking for a place with academic excellence and with heart."

In mid-June, Scroggins and his parents will make a visit to UNC. The trip figures to be a major learning experience.

"I don't know anything about North Carolina – just about the basketball, that's about it," Scroggins said.

Scroggins also plans to visit Florida and Tennessee over the summer, but has yet to iron out travel plans. Washington is the only school he has visited thus far.

Since his sophomore season, Scroggins has been starting in a pro-style offense at Lakewood (Calif.) High. Last fall, he threw for 2,462 yards and 25 touchdowns with ten interceptions on 179-of-314 passing (57-percent).

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