USC QB Jesse Scroggins transferring to El Camino College

After two years of drowning among the sea of quarterbacking talent, former USC dual-threat quarterback Jesse Scroggins has decided to take his talents elsewhere in hopes of extending his football career.

Two weeks ago, Scroggins announced that he would be leaving USC after injuries and academic hardships muddled his first two seasons with the Trojans.

Although being stuck behind All-American quarterback Matt Barkley was already a big enough hurdle, Scroggins also had a few separate setbacks that led to his transfer from USC. Back in February, USC head coach Lane Kiffin announced that that Scroggins was struggling in the classroom and had gotten himself in position to be ruled academically ineligible.

Apart from his academic issues, a thumb injury in the spring of 2011 forced Scroggins to miss the first half of the Trojan’s 2011 season. Once he returned after undergoing surgery, he found himself at the bottom of the depth chart. After starting the spring set as Barkley’s backup, a tumble all the way down to No. 4 seemed to be too far for Scroggins to recover from.

In his two seasons at USC, Scroggins had taken only one snap in the waning seconds of a Nov. 12 victory over the Washington Huskies.

Prior to committing to USC, Scroggins was ranked as the nation’s No. 2 quarterback by ESPN. He had also received offers from other top-tier football programs like Florida, LSU, Nebraska and Tennessee before choosing to join the Trojans.

Even with Scroggins now out of the picture, the Trojans still have three quarterbacks under scholarship including Barkley, Cody Kessler and Max Wittek. USC also recently landed a commitment from high school quarterback Max Browne, the No. 2 ranked pocket passer in the nation.

The plan for Scroggins is to play for El Camino for year, dominating the JC competition while reestablishing his presence as an elite quarterback talent. From there, he’s expecting to play out his final two years of eligibility at another four-year school.

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