Clemson lands 2016 LHP commit

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2016 left-handed pitcher Bryant Huggins from Darlington, South Carolina (Darlington HS) has committed to Clemson after a unofficial visit on Tuesday afternoon.

Huggins' head coach, former Atlanta Braves farm hand and one-time Clemson signee Billy Sylvester, told TigerNet minutes after the commitment that Huggins had developed a close relationship with Clemson head coach Monte Lee.

“He liked Clemson and he liked Monte from the beginning," Sylvester said. "It came down to Clemson and Charleston. Monte was at all of his starts this year, and I threw him in relief a couple of time and Monte was there to watch those innings. Monte called me all the time and asked me about him and was keeping up with him."

Sylvester said that Huggins was currently participating in the Perfect Game 2015 WWBA 2016 Grads or 17U National Championship in Atlanta, and recently threw a gem against a team from St. Louis.

“He pitched against a team from St. Louis and did really well and started getting a lot of offers,” Sylvester said. “He was consistently between 85-88 mph that game, and threw seven innings with a walk, one hit and ten strikeouts. That’s the thing with him – he has a fastball, a curve and changeup and throws them all three for strikes. When he gets ahead he is able to get people to chase them. He pounds the strike zone and goes after hitters. When he gets into the weight room at Clemson and gets a little stronger I think he will have a chance to play after Clemson.”

He is currently 6-3 and weighs in at 185 lbs. He was named to the 2015 Underclass Honorable Mention team by Perfect Game USA.

As a junior, he had 5 wins, 2 losses in 38 total innings and finished with a 1.10 ERA with 72 strike outs and only 9 walks. He currently plays for the Evoshield Canes travel team.

Huggins is the 6th commitment (2015-2017) for Lee since he has taken over as head coach at Clemson.

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