Scruggs commits to Spurrier, USC
Lamar Scruggs, one of the top receivers in the talent-rich state of Florida, gave his verbal commitment to South Carolina on Tuesday afternoon at the conclusion of his in-home visit with Gamecock head coach Steve Spurrier, according to Scruggs' coach Joe Reynolds.
"Coach Spurrier did an in-home visit with Lamar and his mom today, and he decided to pull the trigger and commit during the in-home visit," said Reynolds. "I'm excited for him. I'm calling other coaches now to let them know that he's firmly committed to South Carolina."
According to Reynolds, the Gamecocks have picked up a player who has the potential to make an early impact on the college level in Scruggs.
"I really think that he's going to play early there. I think he's going to be in the rotation with the top guys early," he said. "South Carolina's quarterback play obviously has to improve. If that play improves, I think Lamar is going to have a great career there."
Scruggs, who measures in at a thick 6-3 and 225 pounds, has a very unique skill-set as a wide receiver, according to his coach.
"He was our go-to-guy. He has great potential on the college level. He catches the ball away from his body, with his hands as well as anybody I've ever seen, and I've been doing this since 1976. He just has great talent to catch the ball at its highest point, to catch the ball away from the defender.
"He's got big hips, so he's able to get between the ball and the defender. Defenders just can't get around him. He's a wideout in a tight end's body."
Scruggs times in the 4.55 range in the forty yard dash, but Reynolds says he is anything but slow on the football field.
"He may not time the best, but he sure doesn't look slow on the football field. He runs away from people."
With Scruggs' ability to elevate and attack the ball at its highest point when in the air, it's no surprise that the athletic receiver has a history on the basketball court.
"He's always been a very good basketball player," Reynolds noted.
While many athletes with Scruggs' ability let their success go to their head, Reynolds says that Scruggs is an extremely selfless individual and a good teammate.
"He is a real good kid. He's amazingly supportive of his teammates. Whenever coaches would come in, he would always promote his teammates. A lot of kids self promote, but Lamar always had something good to say about his teammates and always would emphasize how important his teammates are to him."
Life is good for Lamar Scruggs these days, according to his coach. He is the homecoming king at his school, his girlfriend is also a star athlete at Fletcher High, and now you can add one more accomplishment to Scruggs' resume - He is a University of South Carolina football commitment.
"We are very happy for Lamar. South Carolina is getting a good player and a good person," said Reynolds. "He's kind of got the world by a string here if he can just pull it in."
Scruggs, who is scheduled to make his official visit to USC this weekend, becomes the Gamecocks' 26th commitment in the 2009 recruiting class. He chose the Garnet and Black over offers from Tennessee, LSU, Ole Miss, Clemson, West Virginia, Illinois and many others.
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