January 6, 2009

Four-star wide receiver names top two

Lamar Scruggs has more than a dozen scholarship offers, but the four-star wide receiver has yet to take an official visit.

That's about to change, as National Signing Day is a mere four weeks away. The Jacksonville, Fla., standout is about to hit the road, and he'll do so with two favorites in mind.

Scruggs, a 6-foot-3, 208-pounder with 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, will visit Ole Miss on Jan. 16, Illinois on Jan. 23, South Carolina on Jan. 30 and he's trying "to squeeze in a trip to Florida," Scruggs said.

The Rebels and Gamecocks have moved into the lead for Scruggs' services, he said Tuesday afternoon.

"Ole Miss has a very good shot," said Scruggs, who caught 12 touchdown passes for Fletcher High School as a senior. "I like the coaches there. They're down-to-earth and it's an up-and-coming program. It feels like it would be a good place for me."

Scruggs said he watched several Ole Miss games this season. The Rebels got his attention with an upset of Florida in Gainesville and then turned his head with a strong second half of the season, one that was capped by a 47-34 win over Texas Tech in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.

"I watched their bowl game," Scruggs said. "They whipped Texas Tech. That was good for them. I really like (Jevan) Snead. He'd be my quarterback. They've got a lot going."

As for South Carolina, the Gamecocks have proximity on their side. Scruggs lived in Augusta, Ga., before moving to Florida. Scruggs said he was impressed with South Carolina coach Stephen Garcia this season, likes the Gamecocks' coaches and is enamored with head coach Steve Spurrier. However, Spurrier's future is an issue. There has been speculation in recent days that the former Florida and Washington Redskins coach could be nearing the end of his run in Columbia, S.C.

"I'm not sure, but that is a big concern," Scruggs said.

Scruggs, who describes himself as a "dedicated, hard-working kid and a team player," said he sees himself fitting into both Ole Miss' and South Carolina's program as "a possession receiver, a guy who can run big routes, close routes and take big hits over the middle.

"Both of them fit me equally. I'm just looking for the place where I feel most comfortable. I like both programs."

Despite a scholarship offer, Florida doesn't figure to be a major factor in Scruggs' decision.

"They're talking about putting me at tight end," Scruggs said. "That would be a (negative). I have no problem traveling."

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