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Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III to build off promise made to fallen friend

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Before arriving at the University of Alabama as one of the top receivers in the 2017 recruiting cycle and leading the team in touchdowns (six) last season, Henry Ruggs III produced one of the most compelling commitment videos during his time of choosing the Crimson Tide. 

Hailing from Montgomery, Ala., Ruggs lost his best friend – Roderick Scott –  to a tragic car accident at 17 years old. 

As teammates at Robert E. Lee High School, the two pushed each other to be exceptional athletes, model students and beacons of inspiration in the community. The video starts with Ruggs in utter sadness at Scott’s burial site, but then it turns into the five-star’s journey to carry on what his friend has always told him.  

“I will do something great. I will be something great.”- Roderick D. Scott 

Ruggs held true to his promise as he was a spark plug for Alabama’s offense, especially in red zone situations.

His touchdown reception from Tua Tagovailoa in the second half of the College Football Playoff title game versus Georgia started the 26-23 comeback victory for the Tide.  

The 6-foot, 179-pounder was awarded All-SEC Freshman Team honors via the league’s coaches and as enters his sophomore season, Ruggs looks to capitalize even more on the oath he made toward his friend. Whether it’s him leading the team in receptions, receiving yards or scores, he wants to assure not only honoring Scott’s memory but also proving his elite capabilities. 

Tide fans are looking forward to part two of Ruggs’ career. 

Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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