Scroggins gives Arizona third QB commit


Head coach Rich Rodriguez is doing what he can to get his quarterback of the future in this 2013 recruiting class. After receiving a verbal commitment from junior college quarterback Jesse Scroggins (Torrance, Calif./El Camino College), the Wildcats now hold commitments from three signal-callers in this class, as Scroggins joins Anu Solomon (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman) and Thomas Woodson (Monroeville, Penn./Gateway).

El Camino College head coach John Featherstone spoke with Scroggins on Tuesday and confirmed the commitment that the 6-foot-3, 210-pound quarterback made while on an official visit to Arizona.

"He said he's really excited," Featherstone said of Scroggins. "He said it was a good trip and he's excited about going down there and being in the Pac-12 again."

Scroggins spent two years at USC, where he served as the backup quarterback to Matt Barkley. He took just one snap at USC and transferred this past summer. Provided Scroggins passes all the classes he is enrolled in, he will be able to sign with the Wildcats on Dec. 19 and enroll at Arizona in January.

Scroggins threw for 1,148 yards and eight touchdowns this fall, completing 46 percent of his passes. Featherstone said the quarterback had his good days and bad days, which was to be expected.

"In defense of Jesse, he spent two years at USC and didn't get a lot of playing time," Featherstone said. "At the quarterback position, if you aren't taking a lot of snape, you're not going to get very good."

Scroggins battled through nagging injuries to his arm and knee this fall, but Featherstone said there was one game -- and one play in particular -- that stands out.

"He has one of the strongest arms I've ever seen at any level," Featherstone said. "[Against Riverside] there were two seconds left on the clock before halftime and he threw a ball from our 15-yard line into the end zone, where our receiver caught it for a touchdown. It was as far as I've ever seen a guy throw a football."

Scroggins was looking for a new start when he left USC and Arizona should provide that, with an opportunity to lead a dynamic offense. Featherstone believes it could be a very good fit for Scroggins.

"I think his best years are ahead of him if he continues to be committed to becoming a better player," he said.

Scroggins' commitment to Arizona gives the Wildcats 27 verbal commitments for the 2013 recruiting class. He is the fifth junior college commitment and the 11th from a California high school or junior college.