Buckeyes Keeping Eyes on Ohio Athlete

This under the radar athlete has been hearing from the Buckeyes coaching staff. We get the latest on what he's being told and his feelings about the Buckeyes.

Cincinnati St. Xavier High School has sent a few players to Ohio State over the years. Now it looks as if the Buckeyes are starting to take a look at the development of a current Bomber who is making great strides on the field in only his first year of high school football.

Ohio State recruiting coordinator John Peterson is no stranger to Southwest Ohio football having been raised in Middletown before coming to Ohio State in the late eighties.  Now he's got his eyes on Greg Scruggs a 6-foot-5, 230-pound athlete who has been playing tight end and defensive end for one of the country's top prep programs.

"Coach Peterson told me they are watching me to see how the rest of my season goes.  He said Coach Tressel wants to see how I develop as a tight end and made no promises they would offer me a scholarship.  I fully understand where they stand and know they may find a player with more experience than I have at this time.  Just for them to talk with me and even consider me is an honor.  Ohio State is a great program and I understand they have to feel I can come in and be a positive part of their program."

While it's yet to be seen if Scruggs will show enough for the Buckeyes to make an offer, the talk of renewed interest in Brandon Moore (Trotwood-Madison) may determine if serious interest ever takes place.  While Scruggs is enjoying his first season at the high school level his skill level is such he's gaining offers and interest from several BCS programs.

"I'm just working every day to get better. Things are starting to come together for me as I understand more of what is going on.  Teams are now finding out about me and in our past two games they've been running away from my side.  I'm still learning and it's been exciting to have different college programs showing interest in me as a prospect."

Scruggs has great physical skills that have been displayed on the hardwood and not the football field the past three seasons.  Several programs project him as a defensive end with great speed coming off the edge.  Others see him as a developing tight end with very good hands but raw in blocking and route running.

We'll continue to follow the progress of Scruggs and the interest the Buckeyes may show.

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