Jesse Scroggins Jr. called us this evening and said, “The USC coaches basically told me what my father told you earlier. They told us they are going to bring in five to 10 quarterbacks to their camp, and whoever does the best, is going to get offered.”
The thinking Scroggins had an offer from USC was more than likely simply a miscommunication and happens all the time, because these young prospects have so much information to filter. But that doesn’t change the fact USC is a school that Scroggins has high interest in and said he looks forward to competing for an offer at the June 22 camp at USC.
“My interest in USC is very high, especially because it’s close to home and only 20 minutes up the road,” said Scroggins. “Also USC has a great tradition and everything about USC is awesome.”
Scroggins said he’s had an opportunity to spend time on campus and spend time with the coaches at USC, and those are other reasons why he has such high interest in the Trojans.
“I went to a couple of spring practices and they are real intense,” said Scroggins. “There is no waiting around, they are very fast paced and everything keeps moving. There’s just a high intensity.”
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?
“No, not at all,” said Scroggins. “I think I’m the most competitive player in high school football. In practices I do the quarterback drills, I do the wide receiver drills and I do the DB drills, just to show that I’m committed and I’m competitive.”
Besides attending the June 22 camp at USC, Scroggins said he has tentative plans to attend other school camps this summer.
"I think I'll go to the Cal camp, The Florida (recently offered) camp and the Tennessee camp," Scroggins said. "Those are the camps I know, so far.
Scroggins will spend some informative time visiting schools around the country looking for the best fit, but the school and football program he ends up choosing will have to meet specific requirements.
"I'm looking for a pro-style offense, everything is about pro-style and getting you ready for the next level after college," said Scroggins. "A pro-style offense and a great academic background is what I'm looking for, because I want to major in business or sports medicine."
As a junior at Lakewood (Calif.), Scroggins 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.
We'll have more from Scroggins after the June 22 camp at USC.