Higgs postpones South Carolina visit

Pompano Beach (Fla.) three-star linebacker Antwon Higgs has had the Gamecocks high on his list for some time now, and with an official visit set for this week it looked like South Carolina could be closing in on a big commitment. However, that visit has been postponed until a later date. Read inside as the nation's No. 38 strongside linebacker discusses the latest in his recruitment.

The 6'2", 243-pound Higgs was set to finally visit his long-time leader this week, but after talking with his recruiter Robert Gillespie, the two mutually agreed to move the visit back to the Gamecocks' November 8th contest with Arkansas.

The visit would have been Higgs' second official visit as he has already been to Purdue. The talented ‘backer enjoyed his trip north, but said there were some downfalls as well.

"It was pretty good; everything was nice. They set the bar for the other schools," Higgs says. "It was really nice up there. The only thing I know is that it gets really, really cold up there. And I'm not used to that cold, cold, cold stuff. I talked to some guys up there and they said (the temperature) gets into the teens and stuff."

Despite the Purdue trip setting the bar for the other schools, Higgs says the Gamecocks are still his leader at this point. His trust level with Gillespie and the South Carolina staff is a big reason for that.

"South Carolina does have the lead on all the other schools. For sure, they have the lead," Higgs says. "I know any program I go to I could end up playing defensive end. But they will give me a chance to show it and give it all I got at linebacker. But if that ends up being too much for me I can go down to the end spot. Some schools I know want me at the end spot, and they might just be saying linebacker to get me there. I've seen them play big linebackers, so I know they do that."

Higgs says he has seen his relationship with Gillespie develop over time.

"Oh man, of about all the coaches I talk to, he's my favorite," Higgs says. "Like when we first started talking of course we talked about football. But now when we talk, it's like we can talk about anything. It's a very good relationship as far as him as a recruiter."

Higgs is also friends with current South Carolina defensive tackle Donte'e Nichols, and says that plays a part in South Carolina's lead too.

"I haven't really talked to him lately, but I did talk to him in the early part of my recruitment. He says it's a good place up there," Higgs says. "His parents live about four blocks from here. He says it sometimes gets kind of cold, but it doesn't get all that cold."

While the Gamecocks are in front right now, he says multiple other teams will have the chance to turn him. With one official visit in the books and one planned for South Carolina, Higgs says he is still deciding where he will take his other three visits. He will decide among Louisville, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Penn State, Kentucky and possibly a couple of other programs for those final three spots.

Finally, the three-star prospect offered his overall thoughts on the recruiting process.

"It's hard. It's real hard," Higgs says. "All of them offer good things as far as academics and education. So they're all kind of the same, but they're all different too. So, I just have to say, ‘Can I see myself at this school?'"

Higgs will be back in action for Pompano Beach Friday night fresh off a dominant performance in which he had 12 tackles, 2 catches for 90 yards and the game preserving interception in last week's 10-5 win.

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