What is Penn State Getting in Juice Scruggs?

By Nick Polak on August 9, 2017 at 8:10 am
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On August 4, Penn State picked up a verbal commitment from Fredrick "Juice" Scruggs. Though the Nittany Lions already have Bryce Effner and Antwan Reed in the 2018 class, linemen who could both end up on the inside, Scruggs is the first true center/guard type in the group. Listed as a center by 247Sports, he appears to have a path to playing time as the man in the middle, with Connor McGovern already entering his sophomore season.

There's a lot to like about Scruggs and his future potential. As an interior lineman, he will be primarily relied upon to be a dominant run blocker, and it appears that he is well-equipped to become just that. His athleticism is easy to see, as he consistently gets to the second level against high school competition.

He has a nonstop motor that makes him an attractive lead blocker for running backs. The power he puts behind each block devastates the man he's up against, and more often than not, creates a clear path for the ball carrier.

Still, despite his strong run blocking abilities, a redshirt year should definitely be the first step for Scruggs, as it should be for most offensive linemen. But if Scruggs is going to develop into the heir apparent at center, he'll certainly need a year to learn the calls and study McGovern's habits in order to lead the line.

All in all, Penn State is picking up yet another recruit with a real chance to be a difference-maker along the offensive line. In a few years, this line could truly be one of the conference's best, and there's a good chance that Scruggs will be one of the reason why.

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