Cards offer sleeper DE prospect Scruggs

Greg Scruggs

At this time last year, Greg Scruggs was a member of the band at Cincinnati St. Xavier HS. Now playing his first season of football since sixth grade, the 6'5, 230-pound Scruggs has quickly become one of the top sleeper prospects in the Midwest and just picked up an offer from Steve Kragthorpe.

At this time last year, Greg Scruggs was a member of the band at Cincinnati St. Xavier HS. Now playing his first season of football since sixth grade, the 6'5, 230-pound Scruggs has quickly become one of the top sleeper prospects in the Midwest and just picked up an offer from Steve Kragthorpe.

Scruggs, who plays defensive end for Steve Specht at St. Xavier, is a teammate of top Louisville running back target Darius Ashley. Scruggs and Ashley, along with another teammate, Stephon Ball, made an unofficial visit to Louisville last weekend.


Greg Scruggs picked up his third offer from
Louisville this week.
Since returning home to Cincinnati from his visit to Louisville, Scruggs picked up his third scholarship offer this week from the Cardinals.

"Greg Scruggs was offered by Louisville this week," Specht said. "Greg hasn't played since the sixth grade. 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."

Scruggs has played basketball for St. Xavier the past three years and he also played drums in the pep band until this season. "He's an unbelievable drummer," Spect said. Over the summer, Ashley and Ball convinced Scruggs to play football. Apparently, it's been a good decision.

"Darius, Stephon and I had the chance to visit (Louisville) last weekend and we all really enjoyed it," Scruggs told Scout.com. "They have a great program and…I can see myself there and enjoyed the time I had in meeting their coaches and some of their players."

"The three of them went down to Louisville unofficially and had a great visit," added Specht. "They all came back speaking volumes about the school and the coaching staff and the facilities. They were just very impressed."

NC State and Miami (OH) have also offered Scruggs. Tennessee head coach Phil Fulmer and Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio recently placed calls to Scruggs to personally express their programs interest. In fact, the Volunteers want Scruggs to make a visit to their campus in Knoxville later this month.

"He hasn't played since the sixth grade and I've got requests from just about every major school in the country for film on him," Specht said. "He's 6'5, 230-pounds, he can run, he can play tight end; he can play rush end. He's long. The biggest thing is he plays hard and he's got a high motor. His upside is tremendous because he doesn't know what the heck he's doing. He's gotten better progressively every week and he gets increasingly better."

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