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Meet The 2018 Class: Four-Star OL Juice Scruggs

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Taking a prospect-by-prospect look at Penn State’s elite 2018 recruiting class.

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Juice Scruggs had one of the quietest recruitments in the country for a four-star prospect, very rarely speaking to the media and only taking a couple visits. He did visit Ohio State and Penn State in back-to-back weeks in April for each school’s spring game, but went quiet throughout the rest of the spring/summer, before making the call for the Nittany Lions on August 4.


Position Hometown High School Height/Weight 247Composite Rank
Position Hometown High School Height/Weight 247Composite Rank
Offensive Guard Erie, PA Cathedral Prep 6-foot-3, 270 pounds Four-star (0.9124)


Scouting Report

I’m sure Scruggs is a nice young man off-the-field, but goodness gracious, he is very mean on-the-field. Scruggs playing violently, with his sole goal being to put defenders on their rear ends. Whether it’s in pass protection or in run blocking at the second level, Scruggs will find a player (sometimes players) and drive them into the ground.

Scruggs has the athleticism and size to match his tenacious demeanor. He already has excellent footwork, and seems to always play with good balance. You don’t see him lunge very often, and instead, keeps his weight and power underneath him. He has good size at 6-foot-3, 270 pounds, with very little bad weight on his frame. Scruggs will need a year or two in the weight room to reach his physical peak, but he has the frame to play at 300-310 pounds, while not losing much in the way of quickness or explosiveness.


Scruggs is a really good football player, and in past years, might have been thrown into the fire before he was truly ready. Fortunately, Penn State has recruited really well on the interior in recent years, meaning that Scruggs shouldn’t be called upon — at least, as an expected starter — until his redshirt sophomore season in 2020 when Connor McGovern and Steven Gonzalez graduate. He’ll be a candidate at both guard and center, it’ll just be a matter of where he fits best along with the rest of the roster.