Scroggins Will Get A Chance To Show Out

With a huge need at quarterback in the recruiting class-of-2010, the Notre Dame coaching staff is searching the country for the nation's top signal-callers. One of the players' head coach Charlie Weis and company are looking at, is Lakewood (Calif.) High's Jesse Scroggins.

Next week, the four-star quarterback will get a chance to show the Notre Dame staff what he can do, when the 6-foot-3, 195-pound standout throws for them when they visit the school.

"I'm not hearing as much as I would like from them," Scroggins said of Notre Dame. He gets letters from the Irish program, but not much else.

"I know a lot about them. The past few years they've been an up and coming school, an underdog. They've been a good passing school with a lot of draft picks to come out of there. Brady Quinn, that wasn't too long ago. I like their school a lot.

"I know highly about their academics. To me, their tradition is awesome. I've heard it was a great college town. I like everything about it."

There are plenty of college programs that like everything about Scroggins.

Ranked as the nation's 13th-best quarterback by, Scroggins has picked up scholarship offers from the likes of LSU, Tennessee, Nebraska, Arizona State, Arizona, Washington and Washington State.

"They like my leadership, my readiness and the will to win, and my arm and my footwork," Scroggins said.

Scroggins took over the starting quarterback duties the second game of his sophomore season. As a junior, he completed 57 percent of his passes for 2,462 yards and 23 touchdowns, to 10 interceptions. He led Lakewood to the state's semifinals and an 11-2 record.

With a 3.1 GPA, Scroggins would like to major in either business or sports medicine, and is planning on making his college decision before the start of his senior season. He has already taken visits to Washington, UCLA and USC.

"Everyone is still even, but Washington is showing the most interest," Scroggins said.

"I'm looking for a school that would give me an opportunity and a fair chance. A great school, tradition, and great academics, a will to win, a great past and great alumni, and a west-coast offense, a pro-style offense."

Scroggins says distance won't play a factor in his decision. He is also hearing from Alabama, Oregon, UCLA and USC. Notre Dame just offered Scroggins teammate, safety Dion Bailey, over the weekend, and he is really hoping to impress the Irish coaches with his arm, so he can get the same thing.

"I'm trying to show them my footwork, my athletic ability, my arm strength and leadership, and academic ability," Scroggins said. Top Stories