Thursday, June 12, 2014 5:30 PM
Huggins not rushing his decision despite urgency from coaches
by Nikki Hood
Staff Writer

An unexpected three-day visit to Clemson kicked off what Albert Huggins hopes will be a busy summer as time winds down for the 4-star prospect to make his college decision.

There is still a little over seven months before National Signing Day, but with recruiting moving so much faster than in years past – Clemson already has 18 commitments for the 2015 cycle - time is running out for the Orangeburg-Wilkinson defensive tackle.

Many consider the Tigers to be the favorite for Huggins’ services, but the 6-4 280 pounder told TigerNet that those assumptions aren’t true, but only because he hasn’t been able to see any schools other than Clemson, South Carolina and North Carolina.

“I would say false. I've seen all that Clemson has to offer,” Huggins said Thursday afternoon. “I've been there three years in a row. I can't say that there's something that they need to do because I'm not that kind of person. It just takes time, it truly does. I really don't have a leader. I can't say that I have a leader because over the last three years I've only been to three schools. I have to get out this summer. Hopefully I can get down to Georgia in the next two or three weeks.”

Huggins spent three days at head coach Dabo Swinney’s camp, but instead of working out he assisted defensive ends coach Marion Hobby and spent one-on-one time with defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks.

Their message to him was simple.

“They just said, 'Hey, it's getting late in the process and we would love to have you, but at the same time take your time. Make sure you make the right decision for yourself,'” Huggins said.

Advice that he is taking to heart.

“I know that I just pray about it and just take my time,” he said. “Truly, if you take your time, think about it hard, go over it with your parents and see what they think about it, and pray about it then it will come to you.”

Spending time with Hobby and Brooks allowed Huggins to get a coach’s perspective of things and for him to see that the Clemson coaching staff expects nothing less than the best from any player, no matter the skill level.

“What stands out is what I see every time is the grind no matter what,” he said. “They keep on grinding. The coaches want you to be the best you can be. They say 'Best is standard.' They want the best the out of you.”

Huggins was also able to gain valuable knowledge that he can take back to Orangeburg-Wilkinson and get to know some of the offensive line prospects.

“I enjoyed it and it was very good,” he said. “I saw some new things with some drills and things like that that I can take back to my teammates and show them. I saw some good one on ones with my boys like Zack Bailey. It was good.”

With Clemson’s camp behind him, Huggins is trying to pull together his summer plans.

“No not really, I don't have a timetable,” he said. “I need to hustle up and do some things. Hopefully, I can go to Georgia in two or three weeks, then go to Florida sometime this summer, take some official visits and see how it works out from there.”

Nikki Hood can be reached at nikki@tigernet.com