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USC lands Jacksonville WR commitment

Wide receiver Lamar Scruggs (6-4 212) of Jacksonville, Fla., commmitted this afternoon to USC, according to his coach Joe Reynolds. Scruggs made the commitment after meeting with USC head coach Steve Spurrier and receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr.

According to Reynolds, USC was in great shape with Scruggs throughout the recruiting process.

"They got in on him a couple of years ago and they offered him early," he said. "They sort of held their ground. When he didn't accept the Florida offer last spring, I thought he would be going to South Carolina. He always wanted to be a Gator. He always wanted to play for coach Spurrier."

Last season Scruggs caught 46 passes for 741 yards and 9 touchdowns.

"He's such a great possession receiver with good speed," Reynolds said. "He's got too many good things going for him not to fit into anybody's offense."

Scruggs picked USC over Ole Miss and Illinois. Coaches from those two schools are scheduled to visit him tonight and tomorrow. Reynolds said they were informed of the commitment, but he's not sure if they will cancel the visits.

Scruggs had nearly 60 offers including Florida, Georgia Tech, LSU and Miami. He becomes the 26th commitment for the Gamecocks.

USC's 26 commitments for the class of 2009

Name, position
Hometown (high school)
Hgt./Wgt.
Jacksonville, Fla. (And. Jackson)
5-11/177
Asheville, N.C. (T.C. Roberson)
6-4/285
Bradenton, Fla. (Manatee)
6-1/195
Douglas, Ga. (Coffee County)
6-3/185
Ronald Byrd, offensive tackle
Hgnsbrg, Ga. (Frk Union Mil.)
6-6/270
Beaufort (Beaufort)
6-2 ½/256
Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
5-11/210
Pageland (Central)
6-3/242
Kingsland, Ga. (Georgia Military)
6-2/215
Saint Stephen (Timberland)
6-4/234
Tampa, Fla. (Gaither)
5-11/176
Rock Hill (South Pointe)
6-2/181
Winder, Ga. (Apalachee)
6-3/205
Rock Hill (South Pointe)
6-2½/ /210
Rock Hill (South Pointe)
6-3/190
Columbia (Columbia)
6-4/215
Beaufort (Beaufort)
6-0/170
Columbia (Columbia HS)
5-10½/ /173
Georgia Military
6-3/300
Jacksonville, Fla
6-4/212
Lenoir, N.C. (Hibriten)
6-2/205
Kingsland, Ga. (Camden County)
6-0/170
Madison, Fla. (Georgia Military)
6-0/215
Chaz Sutton, def. end
Savannah, Ga. (Frk Union Mil.)
6-4/236
Greenwood (Greenwood)
5-11/196
Georgia Military
6-4/340
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