Five-star RB Huggins Goes In-depth on Visit

Savon Huggins

Five-star running back Savon Huggins much his much-anticipated official visit to Rutgers this weekend, and he called ScarletReport.com with an update. Huggins detailed what he learned about his potential use in the offense, the vibe he got from the players in the program, and how he will approach the rest of his recruitment. He also gave his thoughts about the ongoing NCAA investigation at UNC.

Rutgers was last coaching staff to speak with five-star running back Savon Huggins of St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) before he announces a decision.

At least, that is his plan.

After leaving his much-anticipated official visit to Rutgers, Huggins said he is going to take the next four days to decide on a school before making an announcement Friday at 5 p.m. at St. Peter's Prep.

"I'm shutting it down," he said. "After this, I'm not talking to anybody. No coaches, no reporters. I already told the coaches that was it."

If that holds true, the last program to make a favorable impression on Huggins was Rutgers, where he spoke at length with coach Greg Schiano, offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, running backs coach Chris Hewitt and a bundle of recruits and current players.

"It went really well," Huggins said. "I enjoyed everything. They did the best they could. (The coaches) pulled me aside. The players pulled me aside to try and get me to come. "It was cool. It was a lot of fun. Just meeting people I grew up with …I know them, I heard about them during my four years of my high school career, and they were just saying, ‘Why not.' It was a good weekend."

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Huggins recently trimmed his list to North Carolina, Notre Dame and Rutgers.

Last week, he told ScarletReport.com he wanted to meet with Cignetti and Hewitt to get a better feel for how he would be used in Rutgers' offense.

First up was Cignetti, who met with Huggins on Saturday.

"He said they had a plan set up," Cignetti said. "They can give me the ball like he did with Dion (Lewis at Pittsburgh). That's what he wants to do, so we talked about that. He was also saying the different plays he did with (former Cal running back) Jhavid Best, and the different power plays and read zones and outside zones.

"He has the same system as the NFL. He is very good friends with either the offensive coordinator or the head coach of the (Green Bay) Packers, and he has a lot of ties in the NFL. He has a lot of background, and he was tell me a lot of stuff, and how he wants to take this program to the next level. I really got to sit down and talk to him and see how he was going to use me."

Before leaving campus Sunday, Huggins spoke with Hewitt.

"He's very down to earth," Huggins sai. "He's going to let you know that you're doing the wrong thing, or how it's supposed to be done, but at the end of the day he still loves his players and he has a bond with the running backs. Everybody, even off the field, respects him and if they need anything, they can give him a holler. That's what really stuck with me.

"He's been in the league. He's still young and inexperienced coaching the running backs, but he's learning a lot. He told me a lot, and told me about schemes, and he feels with coach Cignetti, he could give the running backs the ball more. They talk amongst each other, and that's pretty good."

Huggins was hosted by sophomore receiver Mohamed Sanu, but the visit gave him an opportunity to learn more about the players in the program.

That came during Saturday's trip to Times Square, when the recruits and their families went to an upscale bowling center. And that is where something stood out to Huggins.

"What I really wanted to say is that is really is a family," he said. "I noticed that at the bowling alley. Everybody was hanging out with each other. Everyone was having a good time. Yes, they may not go to New York a lot when they have school, but it really is a testament to the program that they're all still close even with the season that they had.

"A lot of people could talk down about the school, and say this and that, by they really all buy into it and are excited about it."

Next on Huggins' agenda is sitting down with family to discuss his future.

"I still need to sit down and go over things a little more," he said. "I've been on a couple visits back-to-back, so I'm going to sit down and think about it hard. I'm going to write down during the week, hit up some more players, talk to them.

"All the coaches are trying to hit me up because they know it's the last time to talk to me. I just need to shut it down and take a deep breath for a minute. Sometimes you can get caught up in the hype, people get caught up in the moment, and once that rubs off what is it like? So, I really want to sit down and think about it."

One interesting aspect of Huggins' recruitment is the NCAA investigation at North Carolina. He addressed whether or not that will factor into his decision.

"Everything does," he said. "It really, honestly, comes down to trust, and what you believe and how you feel about their program. You can see now North Carolina is still getting recruits, even with (the NCAA investigation), so it's all about the trust you have with the coaching staff, and you love the school whether it has sanctions or not.

"You can't just say it's because this coaching staff is here, because this campus is nice here. You have balance everything out. I know a couple of people committed to Carolina; Travis (Hughes) and Kiaro Holts. They feel it's the best place for them in spite of everything. They committed early in August, so they knew. It just comes back to just trust."


ScarletReport.com will be at St. Peter's Prep to bring live updates from Huggins' announcement.

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