Huggins Picks Rutgers

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) five-star running back Savon Huggins made his long-anticipated announcement during a ceremony at his school.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Savon Huggins is heading to Rutgers.

The five-star running back from St. Peter's Prep made his announcement moments ago during a ceremony at his school. Huggins is the No. 4-rated running back in the nation by

He immediately becomes the most high-profile player in the recruiting class, and he is expected to challenge for a starting spot when training camp begins in August.

The 6-foot, 200-pound Huggins will sign a binding national letter of intent during national signing day Wednesday.

His announcement brings an end to one of most high-profile recruitments in New Jersey prep history. He held offers from virtually every major school in the nation, and took official visits to North Carolina, Auburn, Notre Dame, Michigan State and Rutgers.

He recently eliminated Auburn and Michigan State from consideration.

He exhibits excellent vision and balance, runs with a low pad level and was rarely arm tackled at the high school level.

Huggins has been on the recruiting landscape since his sophomore season, but he became a national recruit after a junior season in which he carried 211 times for 1,544 yards and 22 touchdowns.

As a senior, Huggins ran for more than 1,900 yards and 35 scores, and was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for New Jersey.

Recently, Huggins discussed his strengths as a player.

"I think my strengths are that I'm a leader on the field and am very vocal," he said. "I'm also hard to bring down and when the game is tight my coach and everyone else want to see the ball in my hands. I've also got some great balance.

"I do need to work on my blocking some more because I don't do much of that. I also want to get better at running routes and in any other areas that I can."

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