Sometime next week, a television crew from the show "Sports Stars of Tomorrow" will be coming to Jersey City's St. Peter's Prep to film a segment on Savon Huggins. The talented running back prospect, who recently committed to play in the Under Armour All-America Bowl, is taking it all in stride. After all, this is a young man who was creating a national buzz after his freshman year at Prep and has become one of the most coveted recruits in the nation.
FightOnState.com had the opportunity to catch up with him just hours before he departed on an unofficial visit to South Carolina this weekend. The running back said things are going very well as he maintains his 93 average in school and manages to keep up with his workouts. He credits his father, Wendell, and St. Peter's head coach Rich Hansen with helping him along the process.
Huggins said that his email is flooded every day with messages from coaches. In his words, nearly the entire staffs at Rutgers and Florida are hitting him up every day. While he won't make a decision until signing day, Huggins said that he is beginning to sort through the entire process and plans to narrow down to a top 10 list in July.
"Right now, I'm trying to figure everything out and see what the coaches and programs are all about," Huggins said. "See who is genuine and what is right for me."
The "figure everything out" process is intense for Huggins and requires him doing plenty of homework. For instance, he knows that South Carolina landed Marcus Lattimore last year, one of the nation's top running backs, so he has inquired about how that would affect his touches on the ball. At Florida, he wants to know about the Gators' new pro-style offense and if that system will utilize the ground game more. And, of course, he's looking into the recent APR rankings concerning academics to see what school is the best fit for him.
"Florida is recruiting me hard," Huggins said. "Rutgers is after me crazy, they're the state school. Pitt is after me a lot too."
A trip to Gainesville is in his future, the player says, although he won't decide on his official visits until after his senior season starts. One program squarely in the mix is Penn State. Huggins said that he made a trip out to Happy Valley in December and had a chance to take in the entire aura around the program. He has several friends in the program as well and plans on making another visit to Happy Valley soon. He looks on the program favorably and enjoyed his one trip to the college.
"I am going to try and get a [stronger] relationship with them," Huggins said.
One important factor for Huggins is the style of offense a program runs. Huggins, you see, isn't just a quick smile in front of a television camera. He loves to tote the ball and run hard, downhill.
"Big Ten football is my type of football," Huggins said. "They run the football, they run it hard. That's what I like."
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