RECRUITING: Receiver could be OU's first verbal

South Carolina wide receiver Eric Huggins talks about his time frame for a possible commitment and his interest in Oklahoma.


Talk about a rising star, Eric Huggins has become a household name with college football coaches after just one year of starting on the varsity level.

Last season Huggins hauled 52 catches for 915 and 14 touchdowns in just his first year as a starter.

"I used to say that I play like 'TO' (Terrell Owens) or Randy Moss, but my coach says I don't play that way," said Huggins. "He says that I play like Derrick Hamilton, and that is OK with me. I had a good first year and I am working hard to do better this year."

Huggins played free safety on defense the first three or four games, but he became such a threat at wide receiver so soon into the season he became just an offensive player. Huggins can bench 225 pounds, squats 345 and he has a 33-inch vertical jump.

Huggins went to a team camp in North Carolina last year and will return to that camp again this year. Huggins also hopes to attend a NIKE camp this summer, and he hopes to attend the OU Red/White game on April 17.

Huggins has received 13 offers thus far, but already is forming a leader board.

"I really like Oklahoma the best," said Huggins. "I like Oklahoma, Tennessee and Michigan, but Oklahoma is No. 1 and that is the one that I am waiting on right there. I am waiting until I can visit there on the 17. I hope everything goes well, because I expect to commit to them then. At least I hope I am able to do that. I think my grades are in order and I think everything is ready to go."

"I grew up watching Oklahoma for a long time and they are a great program," said Huggins. "Plus, they have everything that I am looking for in a college. Oklahoma is throwing the ball as well as anybody in the country and I want to go to a school that is going to throw the ball. Oklahoma is just a great program, and the type of program that I have always dreamed of playing for."

The Sooners might strike gold twice out of Conway as defensive tackle Hivera Green (6'5, 250) is a very raw, but talented defensive tackle that is still growing. Green might wind up on the offensive side of the ball, but he is certainly a talented athlete that is drawing major attention from some of the top programs in the country. He has received offers from Maryland, Michigan and Virginia Tech, but he also has a great interest in OU.

Huggins will sign with OU without a Sooner offer to Green, but the two would love to play together.

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