Huggins' Impact on the Class of 2012

The impact of five-star running back Savon Huggins committing to Rutgers on Friday is being felt in the recruiting community, and especially in the 2012 class. Many of New Jersey's elite prospects paid close attention to the decision, and talked about how, if at all, it alters their view of the Scarlet Knights.

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) five-star running back Savon Huggins' decision to attend Rutgers gave the Scarlet Knights a jolt in national recognition, and created a buzz in the 2012 recruiting community.

Some of the top targets in New Jersey and the region said Huggins' decision to continue his career in-state enhances their views of Rutgers.

"Yeah, it does," said St. Peter's Prep safety D.J. Singleton, who holds a Rutgers offer. "The junior day (also) made me look at Rutgers differently. And it just shows that the players from Jersey are staying home and trying to build up Rutgers to be a championship team (BCS). So, I will keep them in mind."

Huggins was one of the most recruited players in the nation. He held more than 70 scholarship offers, and literally could have picked any school in the nation to attend.

"Yeah, it does impact my thinking," Franklin High (Somerset, N.J.) receiver Carlton Agudosi said. "If a great player like him can see potential in Rutgers, they must be doing something right."

Another high-profile member of the 2012 class, Old Tappan Northern Valley athlete Devin Fuller, noted the impact Huggins' decision had on the recruiting class, as a whole.

"I think that Rutgers is definitely a team on the rise," said Fuller, who holds a Rutgers offer. "The 2011 class that is about to sign is, in my opinion, the best class they have had in awhile."

Hours after committing, Huggins was already working on members of the 2012 class to come to Rutgers.

"They are already in my top 4 or 5, so it was good because me and Savon are like brothers," St. Joseph's-Hammonton defensive end Kaiwan Lewis said. "(Friday) night he texted me saying, ‘It's my turn to join.' Then, (Rutgers commit) Miles Shuler texted me saying, ‘Join the family.'

"So, Rutgers is in a good spot right now for me. I am still exploring my options, though. It's early."

The impact of Huggins' commitment also reverberated with one of New England's top players, Catholic Memorial (West Roxbury, Mass.) linebacker Camren Williams.

"I would say so," Williams said about it influencing his opinion of Rutgers. "It always helps when I see a big-name recruit like Huggins go to a school that I'm interested in because of the level of players I see in and out of the school."

Although seemingly everyone in the region heard the news, some say it will not impact their decision. Included in that is St. Peter's Prep quarterback Brandon Napoleon, who is being recruited as an athlete.

"I'm happy for Savon and the decision he made," Napoleon said. "But that was his decision and it will not make me look at Rutgers any different than I already look at the school.

"I like Rutgers. It's a great school."

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