Five-Star RB Looking for Camaraderie at AU

Savon Huggins, one of the nation's top-rated running back prospects, is planning to make at trip from New Jersey this weekend to visit Auburn.

Jersey City, N.J.--One of the nation's top-rated running back prospects will be making his third official visit this weekend as he heads to Auburn to check out Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.

Savon Huggins, a 6-0, 200 pound senior at St. Peter's Prep, has a five-star rating from, which ranks him as the No. 5 tailback prospect in America for the 2011 signee class.

"He is coming to Auburn on Friday evening," said Wendell Huggins, the running back's father. "He is flying out on Friday afternoon. He will be down there this weekend doing his official visit and they have an itinerary planned for him. He will be there to check out the school and see how he likes it."

Mr. Huggins said he wasn't sure if he or another family member will be making the trip with Savon. "We are still trying to figure out how we are going to handle that," he said.

This season the running back was named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of New Jersey after rushing for more than 1,900 yards and scoring 35 touchdowns. As a junior he scored 22 touchdowns and rushed for 1,544 yards.

Savon Huggins has excellent speed to go with his good size.

The Tigers, who are looking to sign two running backs for the 2011 class, are getting the third official visit for Huggins even though they have not been recruiting him for a long time.

"Right now Savon has no particular favorite," his father said. "Everyone knows that he is interested in Rutgers and Notre Dame and he has visited those two already. We are talking about taking an official to USC and that is it right now.

"He wants to check out the atmosphere at Auburn and talk to the players and see how he likes it in Alabama," Mr. Huggins said.

A lot of other colleges have been trying to line up visits, too. Auburn coaches visited the running back on Wednesday. Asked if the recruiting process has been stressful, Mr. Huggins said, "We are getting stressed. He is enjoying it. I don't have a favorite on where he goes. I told him, ‘You are the one who is going to be there for four years, not us, so you have to be comfortable with your decision.' We are just trying to make sure everything is done correctly."

The running back is an honor student who is interested in studying kinesiology and physical therapy. He will be checking out Auburn's programs in that area.

Asked what the big factors will be in his son's college choice, Huggins said, "The camaraderie of the team and how he gets along with the coaches and how the coaches interact with him. The academic reputation of the school is important. The graduation rate is going to be an important factor, in particular the graduation rate for minority football players.

"He is going to be looking at what type of social life he has at the colleges in addition to the school and football aspects," Huggins added. "Basically, he wants to see how good of a fit the school is for him. I think how he fits with the coaches will be an important factor for Savon because he comes from a background where the coaches are very close-knit and they are on top of things with their kids."

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