Top RB Checks Out UNC

Savon Huggins concluded a three-school, spring break tour Saturday with a stop at North Carolina.

"It went very well," Huggins said. "I was able to build up a relationship with the coaches, see the academics, and looked at the campus."

Huggins, a 6-foot, 190-pound tailback from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep, began his tour in Georgia Thursday and then visited Alabama Friday before heading to Chapel Hill.

Huggins estimates that between 45 and 50 schools have offered him a scholarship, including Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and Stanford. Therefore, he could have included several different southeastern schools in his spring break tour, but he chose UNC.

"I've been looking at them for a while now and I have family in Greenville and other parts of North Carolina," Huggins said. "I just figured it would be a good idea to go check them out. North Carolina is a rising program and they have a good coach. They actually need running backs, so that's a school I've been considering ever since this past season when I saw them really step up."

Besides the three aforementioned schools, Huggins has visited Miami, Penn State, Rutgers, and Wake Forest.

Despite the handful of visits, Huggins isn't ready to name favorite schools.

"Right now, my options are all still open," Huggins said. "… I want to wait until after [the Evaluation] Period to start really narrowing my list down. But I still have a whole bunch of visits to set up before I name a top ten or something like that."

Within the next couple of months, Huggins plans to visit Florida, Miami, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Stanford.

Saturday's visit was Huggins' first to UNC.

"It definitely opened them up (to me) a little more," Huggins said. "After I talked to all the coaches and got comfortable with them, they seem really down to earth and not just all about football, but also they're family-like. They seem like they've really picked up their program and are ready for the top."

Of UNC's coaches, Huggins spent the most time with Ken Browning, the running back coach. Their time together included a film session.

"He went over different zone schemes and – what's my favorite play, pretty much – the inside zone," Huggins said. "He showed me a lot of inside zone [and] he showed me NFL running backs and different schemes that they do compared to colleges that they had. Butch Davis was an NFL head coach, so everything that they do in the League, they actually do at UNC. He was showing me outside zones and all the running backs and what they do."

Speaking of Davis, Huggins had a "very long" conversation with UNC's head coach.

"We talked about pretty much everything," Huggins said.

Huggins' stay also included a full campus tour.

"[The campus] was nice – very nice," Huggins said. "It was a very good atmosphere there. The campus was beautiful. Everything is set up next to each other and they're actually expanding the stadium, so it would be pretty much a big bowl.

"I looked at the dorms [and] I looked at the sports facilities – the whole nine. I walked the campus. I saw the indoor facilities they have – actually, it's a unique roll out field, [which] is something I've never seen before. I saw the practice facilities." currently ranks Huggins as the nation's No. 7 running back.

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