April 25, 2008

Ole Miss in the mix for lifelong Gator fan

Lamar Scruggs grew up a Florida fan in a house full of Gator lovers.

"We bleed orange and blue," Scruggs said.

So it's an open and shut deal that the four-star wide receiver from Jacksonville, Fla., is headed across the state to Gainesville to play for Urban Meyer and the Gators, right? Well, not necessarily.

"I'm glad you asked that," Scruggs said Thursday night. "It's important that I fit. Florida usually has those small, really fast wide receivers catching balls underneath. I'm a tall receiver who goes vertical and likes to get his body between himself and the defender."

Florida has offered the 6-foot-3, 208-pound Fletcher High School standout. So has Florida State, USC, Illinois, Clemson, Louisville, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Central Florida, South Florida, West Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina State. Tennessee offered Thursday.

"I'm surprised," Scruggs said. "Fletcher's a running school. I guess (college coaches) saw potential in me. I'm just going to keep working hard."

Ole Miss offered earlier this spring as well, and Rebel recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks coach Chris Vaughn, a Tallahassee, Fla., native, was in Jacksonville earlier this week, scouting Scruggs and making sure he knew of Ole Miss' interest.

Scruggs is playing his cards close to the vest these days, saying he's trying to narrow things down to the five schools he'll take official visits to later this year.

"I'm just trying to learn more about the schools," Scruggs said. "I'm looking at the coaching, the location and if the program has a good family feeling."

Scruggs won't say Ole Miss is a strong candidate to make his top five. He won't rule the Rebels out either.

"I really don't know much about Ole Miss," Scruggs said. "The staff there was at Arkansas last year, so when you look at Ole Miss, they're Arkansas. Arkansas was pretty good from what I saw. I know they had (Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver) Matt Jones at quarterback and they ran it a lot, but they said they're going to throw the ball now. Coach Vaughn talked about the quarterback (Jevan Snead) that came from Texas. I'm definitely going to be looking at them."

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