March 10, 2010

Huggins will make southern tour

It is clear by now that Savon Huggins is one of the top running back recruits from the Class of 2011, so the schools that he visits between now and the next National Signing Day should consider themselves fortunate for having the opportunity to sway him.

Several schools that have offered will be rolling out the red carpet for Huggins before too long.

The 6-foot, 190-pound back from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep discussed his upcoming travel plans in a recent interview.

"I'm going to North Carolina, Duke, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama over spring break," Huggins explained.

"I believe I'm going to North Carolina and Duke, then I'm flying out to Georgia. From there I'll go to Alabama and then to South Carolina."

Huggins has an offer list that's a mile long and when that's the case it often takes a while for prospects to sort through all the information that is out there. In other words, don't get the idea that just because he's visiting those schools that they are necessarily his favorites. They have, however, done a good job of recruiting him thus far.

"They've been involved with me for a while," he said of the schools he will be visiting on that southern tour. "All of them run the ball. I know North Carolina has been very big on me and Duke's right next door. They've been on me as well. Those (two) and South Carolina have been on me since my sophomore year and really want to get me down there.

"The defensive backs coach from Connecticut got the job down there at Georgia, and Georgia's been on me since before he even got there. Jake Kaufman went down there and spoke highly of it. He said the campus was nice. The coaches heard about me and wanted me to come down for a visit.

"With Alabama, my coach is good friends with the coordinator there. I've been getting letters from them since the beginning of the football season. They sent me an offer a couple of months ago. They run the ball a lot and the SEC's the best conference. Plus they won the national championship."

Huggins' plans won't end with that trip. He hopes to make it to spring practices at Penn State and Rutgers, and he said he would also like to go to Notre Dame and UConn before the summer. It may be difficult to fit all of that in because he will also be running track.

As some may recall, former Georgia great and current NFL running back Knowshown Moreno hails from the Garden State. Huggins has heard the comparisons.

"Around my hometown people have said I could be the next Knowshown Moreno," he said. "They say I could be another one like Donald Brown or Moreno."

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