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Savon Huggins picks Rutgers

Posted on: January 28, 2011 5:40 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2011 5:47 pm
By MaxPreps Senior Writer Mitch Stephens

One down, four to go. 

Savon Huggins, the No. 5 recruit in the nation from St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.), picked Rutgers over North Carolina on Friday afternoon.

Higgins was one of five of the nation's top-six recruits who had yet to announce their college choices. National Signing Day is Wednesday.

The 6-foot, 200-pound senior made the announcement at the St. Peter's Prep library and ended much anticipation where the rising star would land.

An impressive senior season and showings at all-star games helped Huggins jump 45 spots in CBS/MaxPreps recruiting expert Tom Lemming's preseason rankings, all the way to the fifth slot.

"Out of all the backs I saw on tape and in person, Huggins impressed me the most," Lemming said.

MaxPreps National Football Editor Stephen Spiewak said Huggins, a well-balanced 3.8 student who recorded a reported 1,400 on his SAT exams, was as impressive in the recruiting process as he was on the field. Huggins rushed for 1,893 yards and scored 35 touchdowns his senior season.

"Savon handled the recruiting process extremely well," Spiewak said. "He truly entered the process with an open mind, weighed all of his options, and ultimately arrived to his decision."

Spiewak said Huggins' choice to go to Rutgers wasn't just about pleasing his local friends and family. Though some have said that Higgins signing would be the biggest in Rutgers school history.

"While many players around the state tried to convince Huggins to go to Rutgers, I believe it's a decision he made on his own," he said. "He was able to block out numerous distractions and do what he felt was right for him."

It was a crucial addition for Rutgers.

"Huggins was a must-have recruit for Rutgers," Spiewak said. "Not only will he provide immediate help and do well in Rutgers' style of offense, but it helps negate the perception that top players in New Jersey need to go out of state for college.

"Rutgers did an outstanding job recruiting him. Early on in Huggins' career, it seemed like he was bound to leave New Jersey. Greg Schiano and staff did a great job developing a relationship with him and ultimately gaining a commitment from him."

The other four top recruits who have yet to commit are No. 1 Jadeveon Clowney, a defensive end from South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.), No. 3 Cyrus Kouandjio, an offensive lineman from DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), No. 4 Stephone Anthony, a linebacker from Anson (Wadesboro, N.C.) and No. 6 Tony Steward, a linebacker and running back from Menendez (St. Augustine, Fla.).

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Since: Jan 30, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2011 1:24 am

Savon Huggins picks Rutgers

Well, I do not think Rutgers or ND fans have a right to talk until they win something. My point is that Huggins wants to play right away and he wouldn't have that opportunity at ND, so Rutgers was a wise choice for him. I really do not think ND has recruited well in many years with OL or front 7 on defense. It does not matter how good your skill players are if you no one that can block or pursue on defense. It appears they have a good class but like eveyone else the talent has to be developed.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2011 10:28 pm

Savon Huggins picks Rutgers


...they lost their last 6 games this year after their teammate was carried off the field as a quadripelegic.  I don't know know how "up" I would persoanlly be for the rest of the season after that and they are only kids.  And yes, I am making an excuse because I think it is a legitimate one.  That said, they weren't very good  this year and were probably only a 7-5 or 6-6 team anyway.  Wasn 't ND 3-9 a couple of years ago...with supposedly some of the best talent in the country? 

Since: Jan 30, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2011 3:25 pm

Savon Huggins picks Rutgers

Well as far as I heard North Carolina was 2nd for Huggins and ND was not a top choice for him. He probably wants to play right away and at Rutgers he can do that. All this recruiting means nothing until they actually sign. I saw that Rutgers lost someone to FSU recently so who knows. Quite a lot of smack talk from Rutgers fans after winning only 4 games and losing the last 6 and being blown out of the stadium the last room to criticize anyone else's program.

Since: Nov 11, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2011 10:00 am

Savon Huggins picks Rutgers

Do your homework.
No disrespect to ND, it is a fine school, however, academically-speaking Rutgers is a completely-different league as compared to ND.
Mr. Huggins can get a better education at Rutgers if he applies himself. Again, no disrespect to ND -- it is an excellent undergraduate school, but your implication that ND is a better educational institution than Rutgers belies ignorance of the truth.
BTW, don't bother quoting the joke USNWR ratings of universities or the Princeton Review. Those are consumer advertising and biased to strictly undergraduate education. Instead, when you want to know about academic excellence at universities take a look at the ratings that carry weight in the academic world. A good place to start is the AWRU.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2011 9:58 am

Savon Huggins picks Rutgers

Enjoy your sour grapes, PeteND.     Your trollish comments are music to my ears. 

I think he'll do just fine academically at Rutgers.  Yes, I realize that ND is ranked 19 and RU is only 64 in the US News & World Report rankings but, since tuition at ND is almost $30,000 a year more ($39,919 vs $11886) you would expect that.  Savon of course doesn't have to worry about tuition.  What is more important to Savon as a football player is that Rutgers finished No. 1 in the most recent four-year cycle of the APR, doing so in record-setting fashion with a score of 992 out of a possible 1,000. That broke the mark of 986 set by Stanford in 2008.

ND football dominance is ancient history.  Last 5 years - lowly RU's record is 40 - 24 and mighty ND's is 34 - 29.  Your last national championship (1988) is almost as long as ours (1869). ;^).  Enjoy your Big East re-tread coach...hope it works out as well for you as it did for Michigan.


Since: Sep 30, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2011 11:22 pm

Savon Huggins picks Rutgers

Yeah cause no-one does good if they dont go to ND right?  Guess Ray Rice isn't that great in the NFL.  BTW who is the last ND RB, QB, or player other than Justin Tuck to be a big time player in the NFL?
I understand being mad a great player didn't pick the school you are a fan of but come on... what you said is ridiculous.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2011 4:04 pm

Savon Huggins picks Rutgers

I wish the kid success, but beyond the chest thumping about his making his own decisions, etc... is the fact that he passed on an elite academic institution that also was able to offer him an immediate opportunity to make some impact (talking about ND).  Water under the bridge, frankly since he chose Rutgers there is a chance we never mention this kid's name again.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2011 11:37 am

Savon Huggins picks Rutgers

Well, hopefully this guy can help pull the big east out of their big slump, besides west virginia. The big east is extremely down right now, but hopefully recruits like this will help them out. Not that he is physically gifted, because that isn't as important as a players mind and with statistics like that, he sounds pretty smart and could possibly be a strong leader.

Since: Jan 10, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2011 11:04 am

Savon Huggins picks Rutgers

Are they wearing t-shirts today in Chapel Hill?  I doubt it. 

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2011 10:45 am

Savon Huggins picks Rutgers

I thought Colin Cowherd says all the high school football stars choose to go to warm weather colleges.  I guess someone forgot to tell this kid.  Cool

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