Huggins picks OU over Vols

A South Carolina wideout that Tennessee wanted has gotten away ... FAR away.

Eric Huggins, a 6-3 1/2, 190-pounder from Conway, reportedly has committed to Oklahoma University. The other schools he strongly considered included Tennessee, Miami, Michigan, Clemson and Virginia Tech.

As a junior last fall Huggins caught 52 passes for 915 yards and 14 touchdowns in his first year as a starter. He also played some defensive back early in the season.

Blessed with 4.48 speed and a 33-inch vertical leap, Huggins has the athleticism to be an excellent college player.

''Eric's best football is ahead of him,'' Conway head man Chuck Gordon told James Hale of OUInsider.com. ''I'm amazed at the progress he's made in the last year and a half in confidence and ability. Of course, being 6-4 and running a 4.4 has not hurt him. But he certainly will be a better player by the time he hits Norman next year.''

Huggins' decision to attend OU probably hinged on the fact the Sooners have five seniors wideouts who will be gone by 2005.


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