Savon Huggins: "I really like Rutgers a lot"

Scout.com's No. 7-ranked running back, Savon Huggins of St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.), spent Saturday at Rutgers on an unofficial visit. He attended spring practice, talked to several other recruits in attendance, then had a lengthy meeting with Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano. Afterward, Huggins talked about Rutgers' chance in his recruitment and what he thinks about the home school.

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) running back Savon Huggins is one of the most heavily recruited players in the nation, and Rutgers hosted him Saturday.

Huggins, a four-star recruit and Scout.com's No. 7-ranked running back, attended the spring practice session, hung out with some fellow Jersey recruits, and had another long sit-down meeting with Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano.

Already familiar with the program, the 5-foot11, 183-pound Huggins said his day-long unofficial visit gave him an opportunity to further build relationships with members of the program.

And he added the Scarlet Knights are getting far more than a courtesy look in his recruitment.

"Rutgers is the home school,'' he said. "I'm very familiar with all the coaches, and I'm developing a good relationship even with the new coaches that came in. As of right now, everything is great.

"I really like Rutgers a lot. I'm forming a good bond with them and the players that are from my area, too.''

Huggins said he knows of "45 to 50 offers,'' and hasn't begun to pare his list. That could happen in a few months, after he visits a number of campuses.

"I'm in the wait-and-see mode,'' Huggins said. "When I start taking all those visits in May and June, and even later in April, then I could start to really evaluate all these schools.''

Spring break begins mid-week for Huggins, and he will travel to North Carolina, Alabama and Georgia to see practices.

But his first trip was to Rutgers, where he saw the Scarlet Knights' first spring practice in full pads.

"I got to watch the running backs and the offensive lineman, and coach Schiano and I talked again for a really long time,'' Huggins said. "We're just really getting to know each other really well. I watched the different schemes, and different running plays, and how they break plays and all that stuff because our (offense) is different.''

Huggins spent the session moving along the sideline while chatting with Rutgers staffers and some of the other recruits in attendance.

But he also cast a keen eye toward what was transpiring on the field.

"First, I look at the offensive linemen, their movements, what they do, how they go down field,'' Huggins said. "Do they following the running backs? And then I see how the running backs make their cuts, and their breakaway speed, and can they score on that one play, how they break different tackles, how they do different moves and stuff like that.

"I pay attention to the linemen, the running backs, the quarterback calling plays, the running back coach. I learn a lot.''

One of the interesting aspects of Huggins' recruitment is his relationship with several other Rutgers recruits. He is close friends with St. Peter's Prep offensive lineman Keith Lumpkin, Neptune (N.J.) High running back Charles Davis and Long Branch (N.J.) High athlete Miles Shuler, all of whom hold offers from Rutgers and were at the practice.

"I sat down and hung out with Charles and Miles and Keith, and saw (Don Bosco Prep quarterback Gary) Nova,'' Huggins said. "We were all just chillin' and talking about Rutgers. I talked with Schiano, and it was really good.''

It likely won't be Huggins' last visit to Rutgers this spring.

"I'll probably make another one,'' he said. "Either to a spring practice, or the spring game.''


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