July 2, 2010

Rivals100 RB cuts list to 10

Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep running back Savon Huggins has narrowed his list of college choices to 10 lucky schools. With another cut to five expected by the end of the summer, what schools have a chance to make that final list?

"We decided it was time to cut things down to a more manageable number," said the 6-foot-0, 190-pounder who has offers from more than 40 programs. "So, in no order, I have cut it down to Rutgers, Pitt, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Florida, Penn State, Stanford, Georgia, Wisconsin and Miami."

Huggins went in depth about what he likes about each school.

Rutgers -- "I really like the coaches and players there and I get along well with everyone. I have been there a few times and got to spend an entire day there, probably my longest one-day visit of any school, where I got to get a good feel for everything. I am close with Tom Savage and especially Mohamed Sanu, I speak to him almost every day. I just have a good feel for the program, it's my home state school and it doesn't hurt that it's close to home."

Pitt -- "Coach Hafley, Cignetti and Walker are all very good guys that I get along with well. I've been there twice and I get along with all the players, they are getting a lot of Jersey prospects to go there because coach Hafley is a good person and relates well to players and they had LeSean McCoy and now Dion Lewis doing their thing. They will feed you the ball there, I like that."

North Carolina -- "Butch Davis has a great track record and he knows so many people in the NFL, he has great connections. Coach Browning is old school but I like his style and I get along well with all the coaches. The school is great as well and they are up-and-coming in the ACC."

Notre Dame -- "Everyone knows that name, the tradition and prestige there is there and the name recognition is amazing. They have great fans who want to win, the coaches are good and I like coach Kelly and think he will do well there and coach Diaco is my recruiting coach and I get along well with him. They made me feel at home when I was there."

Florida -- "Coach Meyer is a great coach and I get a good feel for coach Drayton, we get along well and have a good bond. Coach Addazio is one of the best offensive coordinators in the country and a good person. I haven't visited there yet but I am looking forward to it."

Penn State -- "Coach Anderson is old school and so is coach Paterno, but they get down to business and know how to win. They beat LSU in their bowl game which showed they could go down and beat SEC speed with power football and I like that. They have a good style of offense for me that fits me I think. They like to run the ball."

Stanford -- "Stanford is the other school on my list I haven't visited but I plan to before I make my next cut. Coach Harbaugh is doing a great job there, they have beaten USC two years in a row and are in position to be a PAC 10 power. They almost beat Oklahoma in their bowl game which shows they can play with anyone and the academics are tops, you can't beat them. You get a degree from Stanford and you are set for life."

Georgia -- "Coach Richt, coach McClendon and coach Lakatos are all very good guys and I feel really comfortable with them. Coach McClendon went through the recruiting process recently and had an NFL experience so he brings a lot to the table there and coach Lakatos is my recruiting coach and he's from this area. Georgia has a good running back tradition and they mention Knowshon Moreno a lot as a Jersey guy who came down there and had success. I like to be my own person but it's good to see someone who followed that path to success there."

Wisconsin -- "I was really impressed with my visit to Wisconsin, the area is so nice and they have very good coaches. Coach Chryst and coach Settle are very good at what they do and talking to John Clay and seeing other running backs have success there, they love to feed the ball to backs and I love that."

Miami -- Coach Stoutland is a great guy and I am still learning about their new running backs coach and researching them a bit more. They have a good tradition of running backs and a good scheme for backs and I like that. I want to get more familiar with their coaches but it's a great program."

Huggins, who rushed for 1,544 yards and 22 scores as a junior, hopes to make his next cut sooner than later and get out a visit a couple more schools. He explained why these schools made his list.

"It was just the relationship I developed with the players and coaches (at those schools) when I came into contact with them. I've visited every single school except Florida and Stanford. I'm going to get down to Florida and I'm going to get out to Stanford. That kind of helped out, too, getting to see most of these places."

Huggins said he will be visiting Florida sometime in August. He is not sure when he will be able to get out to Stanford but said he is working to set up a visit to the school at some point down the road. Cutting down to five will be hard but he is looking forward to getting it done.

"Those will be my final five I think and the schools I will take official visits to," he said. "I want to make is easier on myself heading into our season."






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