Scroggins talks recruiting

Scout.com's top-rated quarterback, Jake Heaps, lives 30 minutes from Washington's campus and the Huskies are in hot pursuit of his services. However, that doesn't mean they aren't keeping up with other talented signal-callers. Lakewood (Ca.) QB Jesse Scroggins visited Montlake last month and said he came away impressed with what the new coaching staff has accomplished in a short amount of time...

"It was a great visit," Scroggins said of his visit to Washington last month. "I got to meet the players and the coaches and just get a feel for what they have going on there. The turnaround they've made since they got there in December is really impressive."

Scroggins also took the time to meet with current Husky starter Jake Locker who gave him some valuable advice.

"He said to always stay humble," Scroggins said. "He said to never think you know everything you need to know because someone always knows more than you.

"When I talked with all the players, especially guys like Vince Taylor and Jake and Ronnie (Fouch), they all said they love coming to practice again and that last year they hated it. They love the new staff and the intensity they bring to things."

Scroggins also sat in on a quarterbacks meeting led by offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier and admitted his head was spinning a little.

"I was watching him run through the plays and the diagrams," Scroggins said. "I had no idea what he was talking about at first, but then I started to catch on as he went on.

"Their offense is pretty sophisticated so it wasn't something I was really used to, but then I started to get it down and what they were looking to do in different situations.

"I know if I went there that I could be made ready to play in the NFL because coach (Steve) Sarkisian and coach Nuss have gotten guys to the NFL and drafted really early so they know what they are doing."

With players like Heaps and Nick Montana also looking seriously at the Huskies, will it make a difference if one of those top prospects decides to commit to Washington?

"Absolutely not," Scroggins said. "I'm all about competing and I know that I will have to do that at any school I go to, so if one of those guys committed there, that wouldn't make me stop considering them.

"Jake Heaps is a great player and he's the 'hometown hero' so it doesn't surprise me that they are recruiting him so hard," Scroggins said. "But I'm confident in my abilities and what I can do and if I had to battle him I think it would be a great battle and we would push each other to be the best we can be."

Scroggins has not named a leader, but the Huskies, along with Tennessee, Nebraska, LSU and Arizona State all occupy a high place on his list.

"All of those schools have great programs," Scroggins said. "LSU is always great and they have a ton of great receivers and backs there. Tennessee and Nebraska are national programs that have a lot to offer and with coach (Dennis) Erickson at Arizona State they are a school that will be strong down the road as well."

Even with recruiting occupying a lot of his time, Scroggins has still managed to take in several camps including the USC Nike Camp where he earned MVP honors and he plans to work on qualifying for the Elite 11 Quarterback camp as well.

We'll have more from Scroggins in the future, but it's safe to say the Huskies are right in the middle of the race for one of the top quarterbacks on the west coast.

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