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Player: Savon Huggins

Hometown: Jersey City, NJ

School: St. Peter's Prep

Position: RB

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 190

40 time: 4.55

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Scholarships: Alabama, Boston College, Duke, Florida, Florida St., Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn St., Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, South Florida, Stanford, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin

 

Committed to Rutgers

 

Rivals: :star :star :star :star (#9)

Scout: :star :star :star :star :star (#6)

ESPN: :star :star :star :star (#4)

 

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Hmmm. I watched the highlight video. Great balance, power, and speed. Honestly, I think Braylon Heard's highlight video is more impressive. Huggins appears to make his moves while stopped or stutter stepping. Heard's jukes are made at full speed and are much more fluid. Also, I don't know if Huggins has elite vision from that highlight clip.

 

That said, his offer list shows that people who know a heck of a lot more about recruiting than I do are impressed with the kid.

 

(for the curious, here is a link to Heard's highlight video if you'd like to look at them back to back.

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I like him... but question...

 

We only have room for 2RB this year. It's my understanding that NU wants a shifty/speedster and a big power back, yet we've only gone after a couple of big power back guys and a bunch of smaller (under 6' 200lbs) backs. If Green loves us and has had us in his top choices since the beginning, you'd think he'd be talking to the coaches and telling them more about where he stands than Rivals or the fans. You'd think they'd have a better grasp than fans or Rivals on whether UT has really made up ground and he's leaning there now or if we have a good lead, and you'd think that their recruiting emphasis would point one way or the other.

 

Yet, the coaches keep offering all these guys about the same size as Aaron Green with a similar style of play. What's up with that if we only want one shifty back?! Do you think they know something about him that we don't? I mean I can understand offering a couple or a few more but not 15 or 20 like we have been unless they think they have no one right now and they really want to amp it up to try and connect with some others.

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I like him... but question...

 

We only have room for 2RB this year. It's my understanding that NU wants a shifty/speedster and a big power back, yet we've only gone after a couple of big power back guys and a bunch of smaller (under 6' 200lbs) backs. If Green loves us and has had us in his top choices since the beginning, you'd think he'd be talking to the coaches and telling them more about where he stands than Rivals or the fans. You'd think they'd have a better grasp than fans or Rivals on whether UT has really made up ground and he's leaning there now or if we have a good lead, and you'd think that their recruiting emphasis would point one way or the other.

 

Yet, the coaches keep offering all these guys about the same size as Aaron Green with a similar style of play. What's up with that if we only want one shifty back?! Do you think they know something about him that we don't? I mean I can understand offering a couple or a few more but not 15 or 20 like we have been unless they think they have no one right now and they really want to amp it up to try and connect with some others.

 

 

I wouldn't put too much stock in this.. I think if both this kid and Green want in, they're in... Also we seem to blanket offer every position.. Could be some cause for concern with Green, but I don't think it's anything too serious yet

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I like him... but question...

 

We only have room for 2RB this year. It's my understanding that NU wants a shifty/speedster and a big power back, yet we've only gone after a couple of big power back guys and a bunch of smaller (under 6' 200lbs) backs. If Green loves us and has had us in his top choices since the beginning, you'd think he'd be talking to the coaches and telling them more about where he stands than Rivals or the fans. You'd think they'd have a better grasp than fans or Rivals on whether UT has really made up ground and he's leaning there now or if we have a good lead, and you'd think that their recruiting emphasis would point one way or the other.

 

Yet, the coaches keep offering all these guys about the same size as Aaron Green with a similar style of play. What's up with that if we only want one shifty back?! Do you think they know something about him that we don't? I mean I can understand offering a couple or a few more but not 15 or 20 like we have been unless they think they have no one right now and they really want to amp it up to try and connect with some others.

Yes. The coaches do know something we don't know.

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I like him... but question...

 

We only have room for 2RB this year. It's my understanding that NU wants a shifty/speedster and a big power back, yet we've only gone after a couple of big power back guys and a bunch of smaller (under 6' 200lbs) backs. If Green loves us and has had us in his top choices since the beginning, you'd think he'd be talking to the coaches and telling them more about where he stands than Rivals or the fans. You'd think they'd have a better grasp than fans or Rivals on whether UT has really made up ground and he's leaning there now or if we have a good lead, and you'd think that their recruiting emphasis would point one way or the other.

 

Yet, the coaches keep offering all these guys about the same size as Aaron Green with a similar style of play. What's up with that if we only want one shifty back?! Do you think they know something about him that we don't? I mean I can understand offering a couple or a few more but not 15 or 20 like we have been unless they think they have no one right now and they really want to amp it up to try and connect with some others.

Yes. The coaches do know something we don't know.

They must have inside information. ;):sarcasm

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I like him... but question...

 

We only have room for 2RB this year. It's my understanding that NU wants a shifty/speedster and a big power back, yet we've only gone after a couple of big power back guys and a bunch of smaller (under 6' 200lbs) backs. If Green loves us and has had us in his top choices since the beginning, you'd think he'd be talking to the coaches and telling them more about where he stands than Rivals or the fans. You'd think they'd have a better grasp than fans or Rivals on whether UT has really made up ground and he's leaning there now or if we have a good lead, and you'd think that their recruiting emphasis would point one way or the other.

 

Yet, the coaches keep offering all these guys about the same size as Aaron Green with a similar style of play. What's up with that if we only want one shifty back?! Do you think they know something about him that we don't? I mean I can understand offering a couple or a few more but not 15 or 20 like we have been unless they think they have no one right now and they really want to amp it up to try and connect with some others.

 

its about getting the guys that want to play for NU and not putting all of your eggs in one basket. Sure maybe Green will be all about playing for NU in February but we need people that are ready to stick with their commits over the longhaul and arent going to decommit come December. All of that plus: the fact that we have to offer multiple recruits just in case one falls through the cracks, you cant just expect a kid that has not committed to be 100% sure that he is going to be leaning towards NU come February, you have to go forward assuming that he will NOT be a commit no matter what you truly think will happen....

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Heard some grumblings awhile back that the staff is considering redshirting Tray this season because we really have something special in Braylon Heard to be honest. But with that said we wont need another thumper back until 2012.

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Heard some grumblings awhile back that the staff is considering redshirting Tray this season because we really have something special in Braylon Heard to be honest. But with that said we wont need another thumper back until 2012.

Assuming we can get Heard qualified . . . which is far from a sure thing at this point. Everyone keep your fingers crossed!

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EZ-E said before it wasn't a matter of if, but rather when, so I think we can put the worries aside for now. I hope Tray would be open to a redshirt. Who would take on the role of thumper back this year?

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This doesn't make sense to me. Helu is injury prone, and if he goes down that leaves Rex in front and who at number 2 if not Robinson? Ideally you redshirt him and Helu and Rex share carries all year, but do they really expect this to happen? Unfortunately Helu gets beat up quite a bit.

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Oh hello there Adrian Peterson.

 

 

 

 

 

Not him you say? I see him running, I see him wearing #28, it has to be him.

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Good read sounds like Wayne Lyons. Good to know Bo is going after kids with good character.

 

PSU recruiting spotlight: All eyes on Savon Huggins

The Jersey City tailback is the Lions' only target at the position.

By FRANK BODANI

Daily Record/Sunday News

Updated: 05/03/2010 06:23:41 PM EDT

 

Savon Huggins

One of the top running backs in the nation puts on a shirt and tie and dress slacks and leaves home each morning before 6.

 

His mom or dad then drives him across town, where he meets up with his coach. That's when the journey really begins. Coach Rich Hansen drives Savon Huggins nearly two hours to St. Peter's Prep school, a top academic school -- and a football powerhouse in Jersey City.

 

He has speed.

 

He has strength.

 

And he has a wonderful sense of balance as he pinballs through tacklers.

 

Huggins is considered one of the very best tailbacks in the nation, ranked No. 6 by Scout.com with the potential to rise even higher. He boasts over 40 scholarship offers already, from Penn State to Alabama to Florida to California.

 

His is the only tailback the Nittany Lions have offered, the only one they plan to -- despite Harrisburg star Jameel Poteat performing nearly in their backyard.

 

That's how enamored they are with Huggins.

 

And for good reason.

 

When it came time for high school, his family settled on St. Peter's, where "the education is really off the charts," said father, Wendell Huggins. At least Coach Hansen lived close enough to give Savon a ride most of the way, making things easier. "I sleep almost the entire time," Savon said with a chuckle. "That's where I get my extra hours in."

 

And he needs it.

 

Consider that his prep school work load includes honors biology and algebra/trigonometry (He studied Latin his first two years), with a "boatload of homework" every day. There's the drive to school, six classes, football or track and field practice and another two-hour drive back.

 

Often, he won't arrive home until 9 p.m. or later. He'll get a shower, grab something to eat, do a few chores and hit his homework hard. That means sleep often doesn't come until midnight.

 

No matter, the kid has a 3.8 grade-point average and also finds time for community service with a food pantry and tutoring in an elementary school.

 

"Prep is not for everybody," he said. "It really changes you. "The one thing it teaches is time management. . . . A lot of people say they don't understand how I do this and they'd never be able to do this. Really, it's all worth it in the end. Sometimes you don't realize that until you graduate.

 

"I ask people who are now in college, and they say college is a breeze compared to what we're doing in high school. Instead of getting tutored, we tutor kids.

 

"It really changes you into a man."

 

Savon wants to study kinesiology or sports communications in college.

 

For now, he's getting ready, one step at a time. He'll be a leader on the football team, his teammates calling him "Pops" because they think he looks considerably older than he is. And he acts it, too. When he is at home with free time he only hangs out with friends who understand his focus and why. "You always see him smiling," said his father, who runs a commercial cleaning business. "He has a very happy attitude. He knows how to conduct himself like a young man."

 

Which means that he's already prepared, in a way, for a place like Penn State.

http://www.ydr.com/sports/ci_14994644

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Savon Higgins said that he really just fit in at Pittsburgh and talked to two players Dion Lewis and Ray Graham who are also from the New Jersey area and Higgins got Ray Grahams number. Higgins has heard of Ray Graham and Ray heard about Higgins when Higgins was a sophmore. Higgins was also surprised on how quick it took him to get so close with the players and coaches.

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