OSU Set to Watch Shugarts

It is not that often that a Southeast Texas High School gets to host a traditional Midwestern power's Head Coach and Offensive coordinator at the same time, but that will be the case tonight when Klein High welcomes Ohio State's Jim Tressel and Jim Bollman. The coaches will be stopping by to visit the school and watch commitment J.B. Shugarts play in the school's annual Spring Game.

It is going to be a fun day for Klein star J.B. Shugarts, a 6-foot-8, 310-pound offensive lineman, as he is set to have Ohio State Head Coach Jim Tressel and Ohio State offensive coordinator Jim Bollman in hand to watch the annual spring game, which will wrap up the high school's spring practices.

It seems like his recruitment is beginning to come full circle as it was Ohio State's spring game last month where Shugarts decided that he was going to make a commitment to play for the Buckeyes.

"It is pretty exciting to have Coach Tressel coming down here," Shugarts said. "I am ready to show him what I can do. It will be pretty good for our school as well because of the connection with some other players like Ashton Youbouty. He was going to be here, but he had to do the mini-camp stuff for the NFL."

Shugarts said that he was not the only player that the coaches were going to stop in and visit while they were in Southeast Texas.

"I know that they are supposed to try and stop by and see Sam McGuffie (Right)," Shugarts informed. "I think Ohio State would have a good chance to sign him if they offer."

Shugarts, who has been working hard in the weight room, is excited to get back up to Columbus this summer for camp.

"I think that all of the commitments are going to try to get together for one of the four day camps," Shugarts began to explain of his summer plans. "That way we get a chance to work out with one another and learn how to play with each other. I a may also go up for the senior advanced camp."

"I am now up to 310 pounds. I have been working hard to get my weight up, but I still look like I weigh 270 (pounds). Hopefully I will get the chance to get a lot of work in with the strength and conditioning coach, Eric Lichter, when I get up to Ohio State this summer.

"He was a big part of the reason I reached a final decision on OSU," Shugarts continued about his thoughts on Lichter. "He is a real intense guy. He told us he needed some offensive lineman who were going to be crazy and mean enough to drive their man right in to the dirt on every single snap. He was always head butting people with out their helmets on and stuff like that. I loved it."

Shugarts, a pre-camp four-star prospect, checks in as the No. 6 player in the Southwest Region and the No. 29 player in America according to Scout.com.

As a junior, Shugarts earned All- Greater Houston honors. He added Scout.com All-Combine First Team honors after impressing the Scouts at the U.S. Army Junior Combine.


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