Should Ohio State Offer Scruggs?

One of the hottest players discussed on the message boards is Cincinnati St. Xavier High School senior Greg Scruggs. Many know the story of the former band member who's taken the football recruiting world by storm. But the question remains, should the Buckeyes offer?

Greg Scruggs first came onto the recruiting scene this past summer. By attending a few summer camps with is best friends Stephon Ball and Darius Ashley, the senior to be soon learned college coaches took notice of his physical size and athletic ability. At that time the biggest question college coaches had was if the 6-foot-5, 225-pound athlete could transfer his physical skills to the football field. Coaches soon learned as the Bombers started what would be a tough regular season with a giant bulls-eye on their back.

In the preseason Scruggs would see playing time as a tight-end and defensive end and was the only player going both ways for the Southwest power. As the season progressed that changed as the Bombers staff saw his ability on defense would provide them a player that could create pressure up field while still being able to give strong pursuit.

The Bombers will now play for their second state championship in the past three seasons and Greg Scruggs will find himself as another key to a very strong defense. But while St. Xavier will enter Saturday night's game as favorites, many are questioning if Greg Scruggs should earn an official offer from Ohio State.

My fellow colleague Bill Green has expressed he feels Scruggs shouldn't get an Ohio State offer because of the following.

1. The lack of scholarships available this year.

2. Scruggs is not potentially better than any other defensive end on the current roster.

3. Who would be left out if Scruggs would receive an offer?

While I see each point Bill is making, I also look at what the future could hold for a player like Greg Scruggs at Ohio State. We're not talking about a player who lacks size or physical ability. We're talking about a player that is raw and coachable with enough athletic ability to project as a speed rush end at the next level.

Keep in mind that Scruggs enjoyed his first season in one of the nation's toughest prep conferences the GCL (Greater Catholic League) and helped his team go undefeated during the regular season and win four playoff games against tough competition to earn a berth in the state championship game to be played this Saturday night in Canton, Ohio.

When you look to the future it's easy to see that Greg Scruggs is the type of player that has the potential to reach another level. When you look at the past couple of Buckeye recruiting classes you'll see a player like Solomon Thomas who entered as a 3-star prospect out of Lakota West High School. Thomas and Scruggs are a lot alike in terms of stature and physical abilities. Having watched both players at the prep level Thomas entered with more of a track record on the field. But both players project into players that could become top rush ends after some time in the weight room.

While I agree that you don't drop a player like Terrelle Pryor or Josh Jenkins for Greg Scruggs, I would keep in constant contact with Scruggs in case you don't pick up one or the other.

The Greg Scruggs story is a special one and if the Buckeyes make an offer I feel he'll have much to think about. At this time Greg doesn't name any program as having the edge but that will soon change when his season comes to an end on Saturday night.

We spoke with Greg after the Bombers victory over Dublin Coffman on Saturday night and have the following video interview. The interview is preceded by a few action clips from Saturday's game. After viewing the video you can discuss this topic on the Insiders message board at the following link.

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