To Here from Obscurity

Up until his senior year at Cincinnati St. Xavier the only time Greg Scruggs ever stepped under the glare of Friday night lights was during half-time shows as a drummer in his high school band.

Then last spring a couple of his friends, who happened to be St. Xavier football players, talked Scruggs into giving the game the old high school try as a senior. He took them up on the suggestion, attended a few camps and combines, and before he ever played a single snap he secured his first D-I scholarship offer.

Since then he has proven to be a quick study and a prospect with enormous potential. The fact he is 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, and runs a 4.7 time in the 40 underscores that assertion. He's also an outstanding athlete able to play several positions.

Scout.com had this assessment of Scruggs who projects as a defensive end, tight end or H-back: Greg Scruggs is one of the hottest names in the high school at this time. A first year football player at the high school level, Scruggs has got a great physical frame to build on and the athletic ability to become a major factor at the next level. There are several areas he must improve but that should be expected in a first year player. One area I feel Greg does a great job in is keeping his feet."

Scruggs' progress received a boost from playing at one of the top prep schools in the country where he is exposed to college scouts on an almost daily basis. If they are concerned about his lack of playing experience, it you couldn't tell by their interest level.

"Greg hasn't played since the sixth grade," St. Xavier head coach Steve Specht told Mike Hughes of The Ville. "He's been in the band the last three years. It's so late in the game with all these schools because he's an unknown. He was an unknown to us before the season. We knew he was athletic and could run but we didn't know if he'd hit anybody. He's passed every test with flying colors and now everybody in the country is trying to get in on him."

Among the schools to offer this athletic phenom are Cincinnati, Louisville, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Boston College, Connecticut, North Carolina State, Miami of Ohio, Michigan, and Michigan State. His favorites include: Cincinnati, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Ohio State and Tennessee.

The outpouring of offers didn't come as a surprise to coach Specht, who had seen enough talent come through the Bombers program to know a prospect when he sees one.

"Coach Specht had a lot of confidence in me from the get go," Scruggs said. "He kept saying, ‘you'll have your pick of schools by the end of the season, but you're only going to get out of it what you put into it."

The Buckeyes are the only team on his favorites list that haven't offered. On the other hand, the Vols have been on him early and often. He has visited UT unofficially and is scheduled to make his official visit on Dec. 8. To this point it's the only visit he has set.

That could be an indication this Johnny-come-lately will make an early decision, and Tennessee's timing couldn't be better.


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