Scout's Dir. of Scouting Chimes in On Huggins

Friday was a monumental day in Rutgers recruiting history with St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) five-star running back Savon Huggins gave a non-binding oral commitment to the Scarlet Knights. The impact of the decision could be felt nation wide, and Scout.com director of scouting, Scott Kennedy, provided ScarletReport.com with his view on the significance of the decision.

What does Savon Huggins' commitment mean to Rutgers, and what can it mean in the future? ScarletReport.com posed that question to Scott Kennedy, Scout.com's director of scouting, and here is what he had to say:


I think there's a void in the Northeast when it comes to having a team that can be considered a national power. Penn State can be that team, but they get lumped in with the Big Ten. Syracuse hasn't been one of those teams in years, Boston College is consistent good without being great, and West Virginia is still not considered a team from the New England area.

Rutgers can be that team if they keep players from their region home like they have with Huggins.

The state of New Jersey is a Top 10 state when it comes to producing D1 signees, and if Rutgers can put a wall around the state of New Jersey, they can be a team contending for BCS Championships year in and year out.

Currently, there are 10 players rated 4-Star and above in the state of New Jersey, and Rutgers has commitments from four of them. If they're able to push that number to seven or more a year, they'll be a national force.

Savon Huggins is a good start. He's an every down back with the ability to break a tackle and take it the distance. He has good hands so he can be a versatile weapon. He may not have the same impact this year that Marcus Lattimore had at South Carolina, but from a recruiting standpoint, even if he doesn't, he helps send the message the way Alshon Jeffery and Lattimore did at South Carolina, that players don't have to leave the state to play big time football.

Rutgers has even more of a natural advantage in that they don't have to contend with an in-state rival that has gotten the best of them through the years, and the number of players in New Jersey is actually almost twice as many as South Carolina.

Hopefully, Huggins lives up to his 5-Star billing, but getting a commitment from him sends a message through the region that is almost as valuable as what he may do on the field in the near future. Should he live up to his potential, he can be a pied-piper of sorts to Rutgers for players in the area of similar talent who realize they don't have to leave the area to play big time college football.


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