Tar Heels Impress Elite DL

Albert "Big Bert" Huggins, an elite prospect from the 2015 class, made his introductory visit to North Carolina on Saturday.

"That visit just helped me out a lot," Huggins said. "I really didn't know anything about North Carolina. I wanted to go up there and I'm glad I did it. The atmosphere is great and the coaches are great. It's just an overall good school."

Although UNC made a strong impression, Huggins feels ill prepared to name favorite schools. After making more visits in the coming months, the 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive lineman from Orangeburg-Wilkinson (S.C.) might change his position.

Huggins doesn't have any set plans, but hopes to visit Alabama and Georgia by the summer. During the football season, he attended games at Clemson, Florida, and South Carolina.

Huggins is undecided when he'd like to make a verbal commitment.

"I'm just going out and seeing how these colleges look," Huggins said. "Hopefully, I can make a decision before Signing Day."

With his parents in tow, Huggins arrived in Chapel Hill at noon and remained until halftime of the basketball game against Kentucky.

During the approximately five hours before tipoff, Huggins received a full campus tour.

"I saw the educational part of it and the weight room and the lounge area," Huggins said. "It was amazing. The campus was bigger than I expected it to me – it was very big."

Huggins's stay also consisted of plenty of attention from UNC assistant coaches Gunter Brewer, Keith Gilmore, and Ron West. Huggins sat down with Gilmore, UNC's defensive line coach.

"He just talked about himself and how if you're ready, we'll play you, but if you're not ready there's no need to throw you out there," Huggins said. "Some colleges shoot true freshman out there that aren't ready."

Gilmore didn't touch on how Huggins would fit into UNC's 4-2-5 defensive scheme. For Orangeburg-Wilkinson, he has lined up everywhere along the defensive line, as well as offensive tackle and fullback. He doesn't have a position preference.

Huggins ended his junior season with 65 tackles, including 13 for a loss. He also had four forced fumbles.

Huggins and his parents met with Larry Fedora.

"We just talked and he was just telling me that if we're being real all the schools are the same, mostly," Huggins said. "The only thing that separates them are the coaches. Because they all have nice fields, they all have nice weight rooms, but what separates them are the coaches. He was giving me advice on how I should make my choice."

Although he only caught a half, the UNC-Kentucky basketball game made quite the impact on Huggins.

"It was great," Huggins said. "It was hyped in there. I was like ‘Oh my goodness.' You looked up and I was like ‘Oh my goodness, it's so big.' It was just an amazing feeling."

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