Scroggins earns offer at Rising Stars Camp

Last season Jesse Scroggins (6-2, 191) from Lakewood High led the Lancers to a 10-3 record and the CIF-SS Pac-5 semifinals, having completed 57% of his passes for 2,462 yards, 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His abilities have also led to numerous scholarship offers. Yesterday, after USC's Rising Stars Camp, Scroggins received a verbal scholarship offer from USC.

SCPlaybook spoke to Scroggins after the camp about the offer, the schools he's interested in and more.

"I learned about it during the lunch break," said Scroggins when asked when he learned of the offer from the Trojans. "They basically told me they were looking at me for the past couple of weeks and they said whoever did the best at The Rising Stars Camp, would get the offer. "My interest in USC is very high, especially because it's close to home and only 20 minutes up the road. Also USC has a great tradition and everything about USC is awesome "

Scroggins said he wasn't surprised about the offer from USC, but it still meant a lot to him.

"Basically, everything was surreal just because it was USC," said Scroggins about his reaction to the USC scholarship offer. "They seemed confident in me and seemed like they really wanted me."

USC is a school loaded with talent at quarterback and one of the most highly touted quarterbacks in recent years, Matt Barkley, enrolled in the spring and will battle two more extremely talented quarterbacks for the 2009 starting job, in Aaron Corp and Mitch Mustain. Scroggins was asked if the future quarterback depth at USC was an issue he was concerned about?

"The depth chart doesn't mean anything to me," said Scroggins. "I would just come in and compete, if you compete and you're the best, you'll be No. 1. That's basically what you want to do."

Last week Scroggins visited Florida and said he has had a great time in Gainesville.

"It was excellent, it went very excellent," said Scroggins about his visit to Gainesville. "Basically they told me they have built their offense around the quarterback. Chris Leak couldn't run, so the offense was about passing. Tim Tebow is a dual-threat quarterback and he can do both. I'm a pass-first-run-second quarterback, so basically they would build around that."

He also visited Tennessee last week and the visit vaulted the Vols into Scroggins's top three.

"Everything went well," Scroggins said. "It was real cool and I liked it very much. Right now my top three schools are Tenneessee, Florida and USC"

Scroggins said he definitely take official visits to USC, Florida and Tennessee, but he will also more than likely visit two more schools.

"I'll probably make it to an LSU game and to the Oregon versus Boise State game, Said Scroggins.


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