The class of 2015 defensive lineman, who already stands at 6-foot-3, 255 pounds as a sophomore, was expecting his next offer to be a local one.
"Yea it surprised me," he admitted. "I thought North Carolina was going to offer me.
"But Coach [Chris] Rumph called me, and at the end of the conversation, he told me about the offer."
The Orangeburg (S.C.) Wilkinson standout already holds a handful of offers, including from Florida, Florida State and South Carolina. What Alabama likes about him is a combination of his natural ability and family ties.
"He (Rumph) said they like my size and he knows my dad, so he knows that I'm good people," Huggins said with a laugh. "And they like my hard work. I never give up on the field."
While admitting the offer meant a lot to him in addition to its shock-factor, the promising prospect is nowhere near ready to name favorites or standouts at this point.
"It's too early to start ranking teams and all that," he admitted. "I may start doing that kind of stuff my junior or senior year.
"I'm not sure yet, but Alabama is a big offer."
Despite no timetable for a college decision or narrowing process, Huggins does know that he wants to study civil engineering at the next level. With such a specific field already selected with nearly two years before pen meets paper for his signing day, the sophomore has his college selection priorities in line.
Said Huggins on what he's looking for, "First, education. Then, a great football program."
The elite prospect will be at the Charlotte Nike Football Training Camp on Sunday.