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Ole Miss, Houston latest to offer Gulf Coast DE

COURTESY MGCCC 
 Gulf Coast defensive end Isaiah Buggs recently picked up offers from Ole Miss and Houston. He already holds offers from Auburn, Oklahoma, Louisville and Kansas State, among others.
COURTESY MGCCC Gulf Coast defensive end Isaiah Buggs recently picked up offers from Ole Miss and Houston. He already holds offers from Auburn, Oklahoma, Louisville and Kansas State, among others.

This offseason has been anything but quiet for one of Gulf Coast's best.

Offers continued to roll in Thursday for standout defensive end Isaiah Buggs.

After previously adding offers from Louisville, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Auburn, the 6-foot-5, 280-pound freshman pulled in an Ole Miss offer late Wednesday night and a Houston offer on Thursday morning.

"I wasn't expecting all of this," Buggs told the Sun Herald. "I was expecting some offers, but not from all of these big schools."

It's easy to see why the likes of the Sooners, Tigers and Rebels are in hot pursuit of Buggs. He was a constant presence for the Bulldogs along an experienced defensive line in 2015, registering 59 tackles with a team-high four sacks and 8.0 tackles for loss.

Even at his size, Buggs is versatile enough to get in the offensive backfield and cause havoc or chase down the running back going the other way.

"He can stuff the run and if they bring the option, he can run down the line and catch the quarterback from behind, so I kind of like him," Gulf Coast defensive coordinator Steve Davis said previously. "A lot."

A native of Ruston, La., Buggs said some schools showed kicked the tires on him while he was in high school but the interest has really ramped up during his time at MGCCC.

The sales pitch for the JUCO defensive end has pretty much been the same regardless of school, Buggs said. They're all saying he can come in and play right away, which is what schools need from a junior college player who will have three years to play two once he graduates.

With spring ball around the corner, Buggs said he's looking to evolve into an even more complete defender.

"Actually getting to the quarterback and making the plays," he said. "I need to get off the ball a little quicker, which means being able to read the ball and get a better jump."

Buggs could get some help along the line this year with the early enrollment of former Auburn commit Daquan Newkirk and former LSU defensive tackle Travonte Valentine.

With the additions of Newkirk, Valentine and others, Buggs, who saw plenty of double teams last season, said he may be able to run free a bit more in 2016.

"It's good to have those SEC players on board to open things up for me," he said.

As for the next level, Buggs isn't in a super rush to commit. He said he plans to at least visit Auburn, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and his home state school LSU, but he hasn't set official dates just yet.

"I don't have any leaning on where I'm going right now," Buggs said, adding he plans to commit during the '16 season.

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