Southport’s Paul Scruggs has one official visit in the books. Are there more to come?
Mike Peterson, Scruggs’ travel coach with the Indy Hoosiers, said the 6-3 Scruggs, who toured Xavier this past weekend, is still planning to take official visits to UConn (Aug. 26-27) and Illinois (Sept. 2-3). A previously-planned trip to Michigan State this weekend has been postponed due to a conflict, though the Spartans remain in contact and the trip may be rescheduled.
Scruggs took an unofficial visit to Indiana last week and could also schedule an official visit to Bloomington, Peterson said.
Another of the state’s top 2017 prospects, Jaren Jackson Jr., took an unofficial visit to Michigan State on Monday. The 6-10 Jackson, who transferred from Park Tudor to La Lumiere for his senior year, visited Purdue last week on an unofficial visit. Jacksonsaid he might not take any official visits before making a decision. Michigan State and Purdue are two of the schools he’s strongly considering.
More from Cox
If you missed the question-and-answer with Indiana High School Athletic Association commissioner Bobby Cox in Sunday’s paper, check it out. Cox had some candid answers on why he – and the IHSAA – has been so heavy-handed on in-game fighting the past couple of years. He touched on several other topics.
One answer I wasn’t able to include due to space was on transfers. The IHSAA added a past-link rule last year to prohibit athletes from following a non-school coach to a high school. Another proposal to extend that rule to incoming freshmen was tabled for further discussion.
“I think the executive committee and board are still uncomfortable with legislation that extends to kids who are not member students (eighth graders),” Cox said. “That’s problematic. At the same time, we have language in our rules to speak to those issues. We have undue influence that could address a school getting a preponderance of athletes from an AAU program or a certain place.”
I also asked Cox about the transfer issue from a general sense. The commissioner pointed out that half of 1 percent of all athletes competing in the state are ruled ineligible. Those cases, though, often involve high-profile athletes and generate attention.
“There’s always going to be that dilemma and debate about what is fair and what is appropriate,” Cox said. “Transfer eligibility is about maintaining fairness for every kid. Any time a kid changes schools or comes into a school from outside the community, there is going to be displacement. That kid is going to take the place of some kid who had followed the rules and done everything a program had asked him to do. All of a sudden a kid comes in from another school, another community, and takes his spot. This organization is about fairness. That’s why we have transfer rules.”
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