Five-Star Tailback Gives AU Visit Perfect 10

Savon Huggins talks about his recruiting visit to check out the Auburn football Tigers.

Jersey City, N.J.--Asked to rate his official visit to Auburn over the weekend on a scale of 1-10, five-star running back Savon Huggins did not hesitate to reply, "It was a 10."

A prospect who went into his visit saying that finding a college football program with a great family atmosphere is one of his priorities, he said he liked what he saw at Auburn.

Commenting about what stood out about Coach Gene Chizik's Auburn football program, he said, "The players and the family atmosphere plus they want to graduate their players."

Although Auburn hasn't been on his recruiting radar for long, he said he is seriously interested in the Tigers. "I got a lot of my questions answered," Huggins said.

"I actually went in with an open mind. Coach Luper (Auburn running backs coach Curtis Luper) was recruiting me for a while. I just told me parents I wanted to go to Auburn (to visit) and my mom came with me.

"I enjoyed everything about it," he added, even though the university is on a holiday break and the students weren't on campus.

An honor student in high school, he said that part of the equation will be a major part of his decision on where he will attend college.

"Academics always come first to me," he said. "I liked how they were talking about graduating in three-and-half years. That is what I really liked about the school. I liked everything about it. They are really hands on with their players."

Savon Huggins

One of the current Auburn players he spent time with is All-SEC Freshman running back Michael Dyer. "I was talking to Mike and he said all of the freshmen are always there in study hall and that really stuck with me and my mother."

Signing running backs is a priority for Auburn's 2011 class. Asked what he thinks about the Tigers' offense, which is averaging close to 42 points per game, Huggins said, "It is something a little different. The coach (Gus Malzahn) who is the offensive coordinator actually had Felix Jones and Darren McFadden in the same backfield at Arkansas and they both went over 1,000 (yards rushing) and went in the first round(of the NFL Draft). He had success at Tulsa and he has had success at Auburn.

"Next year he may have to go back to a more traditional offense because Cam (Heisman Trophy winner Cameron Newton) may not be at Auburn," Huggins said. "Who knows, it could be me and Mike back there."

Another high-profile freshman running back, Marcus Lattimore at South Carolina, is a player that Huggins has asked for advice on recruiting. Lattimore was an All-SEC Freshman this year for South Carolina.

"I talked to Marcus Lattimore," Huggins said. "He was recruiting me a little bit talking about South Carolina, but he talked about Auburn, too, because I asked him about it. He told me it is a good school and go check it out. When Coach Lupe (Luper) came to the house he said this school won't disappoint even when there is nobody here (students gone for the break). I still enjoyed everything about it. That is really what stuck with me."

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