Elite wide receiver talks the latest

Duncan U. Fletcher's (Neptune Beach, Fla.) Lamar Scruggs is one of the top wide receiver prospects in the southeast, and the Gamecocks have positioned themselves to be a big factor with the elite playmaker. Scruggs recently trimmed his list of 50 claimed offers down to seven lucky schools and is in the process of planning his five official visits. Read inside for all the details.

"The recruiting process is going good," the 6'3", 212-pound Scruggs said. "I've been getting a lot of interviews from the internet guys and stuff like that, but I'm taking the process very good. I have over 50 offers now."

Among those 50 offers are big-time programs such as Florida, Florida State, South Carolina, LSU, Clemson, Illinois, Tennessee, West Virginia, South Florida, Louisville, Boston College, Maryland, Miami, Michigan and Auburn.

Scruggs says he is taking things slowly right now and trying to decide which five schools he will take his official visits to, but has trimmed his list to a top seven of South Carolina, Illinois, South Florida, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia and Clemson.

The nation's no. 52 wide receiver according to Scout.com spoke briefly about what stands out to him about six of those programs, noting that his relationship with his recruiters is very important to him.

South Carolina – "I like Coach [Steve] Spurrier Jr. a lot; he's the type person I can relate to. So, that's one good thing about South Carolina."

Illinois –"Coach [Dan] Disch and Coach [Ron] Zook, they're good recruiters. The same thing with them, they're people I can relate to. They're also talking about giving me early playing time."

Tennessee – "Coach [Latrell] Scott, the receivers coach, I like him a lot because he has a lot to offer. I was supposed to go visit Tennessee because my coach told me how good he relates to his athletes and teaches them to (be complete receivers)."

Clemson – "I like Coach Dabo Swinney. He's another person I relate to, and they talked about me getting early playing time there also."

Florida – "They're a really good school. Coach [Billy] Gonzalez, the receivers coach, is talking about me playing the slot there."

West Virginia – "Coach [Lonnie] Galloway, he's a cool person all around. He's another good person to relate to also."

While Scruggs does not know which five schools will earn official visits, he does know at least one school that will get one.

"I haven't set (a visit) up, but I definitely, definitely, definitely want to go up there to South Carolina," Scruggs said. "I didn't get up there this summer."

The last time GamecockAnthem.com spoke with Scruggs, he said South Carolina was in his top two along with one other unnamed school. He says nothing has changed there.

Scruggs, who hauled in 23 catches for 536 yards and 7 touchdowns as a junior, broke down what he will be looking for when he does take his visits.

"I'm just looking for a good family body," Scruggs said. "I want a place I can be used to and go in and make an impact. There has to be good academics and good coaches, too."

Another thing Scruggs will be looking closely at is which schools will offer him the opportunity to go to school with his best friend and teammate 6', 180-pound cornerback Marcus Berg.

"Illinois and South Florida offered him," Scruggs said. "What we're really trying to do, because of the way me and Berg are real close just like we're cousins, we're trying to get the package deal and go to the same place. We're going to most likely take our visits together and see what we like. That's basically the plan."

Scruggs says if other schools in his top group were to offer Berg, it could give them an advantage over schools who don't give them the opportunity to play together.

"Yeah, that would definitely help out if we get offered by some of the same schools that are in my top or in his top," Scruggs said. "We would mostly likely make our decision together."

Scruggs does not have a timetable for a commitment.

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