Rutgers topped off its recruiting class with a strong finish in the last week, which kicked off with the commitment of Woodbridge (N.J.) High defensive end Max Issaka and concluded with the signing day announcement of Edward H. White High (Jacksonville) offensive lineman Kaleb Johnson.
In between, though, came the biggest commitment of Rutgers coach Greg Schiano’s career when five-star St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) Savon Huggins gave a non-binding oral commitment.
Huggins followed through on the commitment by signing his binding national letter of intent Wednesday morning.
His impact, though, was felt on the class and also could impact Rutgers nationally in recruiting.
Scout.com’s recruiting analysts provided ScarletReport.com with some thoughts on what the significance of the commitment means, as well as a few scouting reports on him.
Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Editor
“Based on my tape evaluation, I'd describe Huggins as a great one-step cut back who has excellent vision, burst and power. He's strong in traffic, cuts across the grain well and is evasive in space. Just a terrific pick-up for the Scarlet Knights.”
Bob Lichtenfels, North Recruiting Manager
“The thing that impresses me the most about Huggins is his patience and vision. He never really forces anything, he'll wait for the hole to develop and hit it, but he also has the vision to see a cutback land and the speed to turn nothing into something.
“He is a very good cutback runner, he'll make the type of cuts that you usually only see smaller backs make. He runs low and he runs hard. He is a very good receiver out of the backfield, which makes him and every down type back. What I really notice at the Under-Armour practices is his ability with blitz pick-ups, you don't see that from many high school players.”
Mike Bakas, South Region Recruiting Analyst
“He’s very talented. I watched his film in the spring and came away very impressed. He looked very good between the tackles. I then watched him live at a 7on7 tournament in Florida over the summer and saw the superb athleticism and pass-catching skills. I then watched him live for a week in January at the Under Armour workouts.
“He looks like a premier back, a kid who would be a top 10 kid in the state of Florida. I think he has big time upside, and the ability to become a real difference maker at Rutgers.
Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Analyst
“I love his shiftiness and the way he sees the field. He plays low and has great balance. In an All-Star game setting, it’s hard for running backs to really stand out, because it becomes so quarterback centric, but of the two games I saw, Huggins was the one running back (with maybe Isaiah Crowell), that you remember him shining.
“He’s strong and very much a between-the-tackles, capable, runner. I think he’ll be on the field, making an impact, sooner rather than later.”