N.J. 4-star talks Jr. Day, Schiano meeting

Of the star-studded group of players to attend Rutgers' Junior Day, one who stood out was this four-star runnning back from New Jersey. Not only does he share what he learned about Rutgers, but also talks about a lengthy meeting he had with coach Greg Schiano to cap the day. The player also gives an update on his recruitment, and addresses whether he has a leader, or a favorite list of schools.

St. Peter's Prep of Jersey City running back Savon Huggins already knew Rutgers thought highly of him, but if he had any question just how high, he learned it Saturday.

On an action-packed day in which approximately 60 recruits made their way to Rutgers' Junior Day, Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano took approximately an hour to speak with Huggins, one of the top players in the northeast's 2011 class.

And what did the discussion center around?

"Everything,'' the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Huggins said. "Life, school, playing, academics. It was everything. Not so much football, but everything in general.''

Huggins also got a chance to talk to at least six of Rutgers' assistant coaches, including his recruiting coach, offensive line coach Kyle Flood, recruiting coordinator Joe Susan and co-offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca.

The extra attention wasn't lost on Huggins, who comes across as grateful, polite and humble.

"To me, I think much of it,'' Huggins said. "I don't take it for granted at all. I've developed a good relationship, and not just only this year. (Schiano) saw me play as a freshman, so he knows about me. He saw me play when Will Hill was playing.''

Huggins has been to Rutgers plenty of times, so is well versed in the academics and football aspect of the school.

He also talks frequently with a few friends who already play for the Scarlet Knights, and is close friends with fellow class of 2011 Rutgers offer holders in Neptune (N.J.) High running back Charles Davis and Long Branch (N.J.) High athlete Myles Shuler.

However, Junior Day provided Huggins the opportunity to learn something new about the school.

"I learned something about the power cleans and hand cleans in the weight room,'' Huggins said. "I learned also about the new athletic training equipment they have, so players can perform at the top of their level, because not a lot of colleges have the equipment they have. They have NFL equipment, and that was interesting to me.

"I was also able to get to know more about the school. Having been there a couple of times, I'm still trying to get familiarized with the school and coaches, and getting to have an easy conversation without being awkward. Overall, I'm developing a good relationship. I think that's the most important thing right now.''

Huggins holds offers from more than a dozen schools, including Rutgers, West Virginia, Stanford and Miami, and the number figures to increase exponentially as his junior highlight tape makes the rounds.

He rushed for 1,544 yards and 22 touchdowns in 11 games, and caught 14 passes for 79 yards and a score.

But he is not even close to trimming his list, or naming a top few.

"All my options,'' Huggins said. "A lot of people think I'm heading toward Penn State or Miami, or to Rutgers, or North Carolina, or think I'm leading toward one specific school, but I'm not. I'm just taking the recruiting slow and trying to make the best of it.

"I don't have a school that is my No. 1, or a top list. I haven't visited enough schools to have a top list.''

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