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Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH) Cincinnati graduate, Greg Scruggs, is slated to be among the 224 selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, which runs Thursday, April 26 through Saturday, April 28.
“I wasn’t even supposed to be in the draft,” said Scruggs. “Everything changed in the last month because I performed well at team visits.”
Scruggs joined BHGH Cincinnati in summer 2003 at age 12. His mother heard about the residential program through his cousin, who had joined, earlier, and believed Scruggs would benefit from the safe environment and academic focus.
The St. Vivian School 7th grader was reluctant about his new surroundings, but slowly adapted.
“BHGH Cincinnati is probably the best thing that ever happened to me,” said Scruggs. “The bonds I formed with my brothers, who I lived with, was the best part. The years there went very fast.”
Katrina Allen, residential program director of BHGH Cincinnati, first heard of Scruggs’ interest in football during the summer before his senior year of high school.
“He said ‘Ms. Katrina, I think I’m going to play football this year,’” said Allen. “I told him that he should do whatever it is he wants to do.”
That’s the motto at BHGH Cincinnati that leads scholars to reach their full potential. Scruggs was a drummer in the marching band and a member of the varsity basketball team throughout his high school career.
Persistence from head football coach at St. Xavier High School, Steve Spect, his motive to have a full high school experience, and the possibility of college scholarships, forced Scruggs to reconsider.
By the end of his senior year, Scruggs signed with the University of Louisville with a four-year scholarship. In 2011, he graduated.
Scruggs will view the 2012 NFL Draft in Cincinnati with about 30 family members and close friends, including Allen.
“After the draft, I’ll be able to do a lot of things, financially, for my family that we’ve never seen,” said Scruggs, whose brother is a current scholar. “All the anxiety will be over. It’s a dream come true.”
Tune into ESPN and watch Greg Scruggs as he’s drafted into the NFL.
Round 1: 8 p.m. Thursday, ET
Rounds 2-3: 7 p.m. Friday, ET
Rounds 4-7: noon Saturday, ET