When Greg Scruggs looks back upon his life many years from now, he'll always have a special place for a few friends that helped him change his life forever. Greg Scruggs was not scheduled to be one of the hottest names in Ohio football recruiting this year. In fact, Scruggs wasn't even going to play football until a few close friends convinced him to go out for the team and rejoin them for their last year at St. Xavier High School.
When National Signing Day comes in February one college will be glad the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Scruggs listened.
With a growing list of college offers and more schools keeping close contact Greg Scruggs knows he's been blessed. It's not every day a person who never played football at the high school level rises above the many that've worked for years and find colleges fighting for his services.
"When Stephon, Darius and others started talking with me about playing football I thought it would be neat. We've been friends for so long and the thought of playing our senior year together was something I knew would never happen again. Once I got started I really enjoyed what I was doing and several people told me they thought I could play in college. The goal then became to get my education paid for and enjoy playing with my friends."
That enjoyment has led to several scholarship offers and a team that is ranked fifth in the county by USA Today as they stand 9-0 headed into their battle with GCL rival Moeller this Friday night at Nippert Stadium on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.
While the offer list started with Miami Ohio, it soon blossomed into a list of several major programs from across the country with more looking to make official offers.
"I've got offers from Miami Ohio, North Carolina State, Louisville, Wake Forest and Connecticut as of right now. Boston College, Virginia and Michigan State have all expressed an interest and talked about offering."
When pushed about the schools listed above Greg was quick to give a little information.
"Boston College is talking with me right now and they are saying an offer could be coming soon. We have kind of a pipeline there with players and they see me as a defensive end that could help replace the two they lose this season. "
"Michigan State has been in constant contact and Coach Barnett told me the last time we spoke that I should be getting a call from Coach Dantonio with something very special attached to it."
"Virginia is a school that Darius is looking at and I know they have great academics so I hope I get a chance to look at them soon. They have not offered at this time."
While some would think all of the attention Greg has received would go to his head, he's quick to point out that his family has kept him grounded.
"I feel I've adjusted pretty well to all of the attention. My family keep's me grounded so too much of this doesn't go to my head. I know I need to stay humble and grounded during all of this. I don't compare myself with anyone and I'm still the same person who loves talking with people and being around my friends."
As several schools have been in contact one school that is showing the latest interest is Ohio State. When asked about the Buckeyes and their interest Greg didn't get too far ahead of himself.
"Coach Peterson has been in contact. In fact I spoke with him last Thursday. He's been very up front about how they take their time in recruiting because of the number of scholarships and how they recruit. I was invited to the Michigan State game but we had our own game that day so I didn't get to go. I'd really like to visit Ohio State for a game and take my brothers if possible, but it will depend upon our season and when our games are."
Right now the Buckeyes are looking at Greg as an athlete. They have interest in him as a tight end and a defensive end. At this time Coach Tressel has not called or spoke with Greg and he understands an OSU offer may never happen.
One visit Greg will be making is to Tennessee this weekend with several of his high school coaches. Greg has seen Tennessee stay in contact as head coach Phillip Fulmer has called to express they have serious interest in Greg. While he's not been officially offered by Tennessee he feels there is a great chance he'll return home with an offer this weekend.
Since football has only been part of his high school career this year Greg has worked hard in classroom. At this time Greg holds a 3.0 GPA and scored a 990 on his SAT. He has already made plans to retake the SAT and also take the ACT in the next few months.
Since the first time Greg Scruggs showed his head at a college camp you could see the potential was there to shine. He's done a great job of converting his athletic ability into a solid football player with great future potential and college coaches have taken notice. We'll continue to follow Greg in the coming weeks as his recruiting heats up.