As part of National Letter of Intent Signing Day, Times Shamrock newspapers’ Penn State football beat writer Donnie Collins is breaking down every member of Penn State’s 2018 recruiting class. This is a look at offensive lineman Fredrick “Juice” Scruggs, who is ranked as the No. 4 center in the nation by 247spors and the No. 19 guard by Rivals.
School: Erie Cathedral Prep
Projected position: Center/guard
Ranking: Four stars by 247sports, Rivals.com and ESPN
Status: Signed LOI in December; expected to enroll Summer 2018
Other offers: Akron, Albany, Iowa State, Kent State, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Syracuse, Temple, Toledo.
Projection: Good offensive line coaches — and Penn State’s Matt Limegrover is among them — will focus on a player’s footwork when determining what kind of lineman he can be. Scruggs’ feet never seem to stop moving, and it’s a big reason why he’s technically one of the better offensive line prospects in the entire recruiting class. A first-team Class 4A All-State lineman, Scruggs plays with tremendous leverage, and he finishes off blocks ferociously. He’s a fiery player who is used to winning. He bullies players on the field, and even at 6-3, 270 pounds, he looks like he can add 30 pounds and still be trim. Scruggs doesn’t put up great times in his workouts, speed-wise, but he plays fast, anticipating well. He’ll probably need a year or two to get stronger, and he’ll certainly have to move inside, perhaps even to center, to maximize his size. But Scruggs is probably one of the more underrated prospects in this class, because he already has great technique and intangibles.