Many prospects look at an official visit as a fun opportunity to experience new parts of the country while being treated almost like royalty. For Savon Huggins and his family, however, official visits are serious business, and he is putting each one to good use.
Huggins took his first official visit of the recruiting process to Notre Dame in mid-October. He recently returned to his home in New Jersey from his second official visit to North Carolina. He made that trip to Chapel Hill with his mother and father and he learned a lot of important information about the ACC football program. His father, Wendell Huggins, spoke with Rivals.com this week about that trip to UNC.
"It was pretty good," his father recalled. "He enjoyed it. He was looking at how they run the ball and how many times they get the ball to their running backs. He was looking at the kind of offense they're running, whether it's an 'I' or whether they're running the spread. Of course he was taking note of all that stuff.
"He was able to talk to the players. He spoke with several of the players. I'm not sure what the kid's name was that he hung out with Saturday night but I know he met a bunch of different players from New Jersey. He talked to quite a few of the Jersey guys. The quarterback, Marquise (Williams) was there, along with two of the linemen they're looking to bring in. He was able to talk to them. Marquise committed back in July so he was trying to heavily recruit Savon. He talked to him and they gelled well."
Huggins' parents enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the coaches and their families. They came away impressed at the family atmosphere in the program and seemed to be convinced that it's a good place to attend school.
"We spoke to all the coaches," his father continued. "They've got a very family-like atmosphere. We sat down and ate with the coaches and their wives. It was nice to be able to meet their spouses. My wife was able to meet them and talk to them and that was nice. It was good to see what the atmosphere is like with the coaches and everybody. They had a lot to say.
"They talked a little bit about how they want to use him. Like anywhere else he knows he would have to put in the work, and he'll do that."
Huggins has three official visits remaining but he won't be taking those for a while. His focus now will shift to the one game remaining in his regular season and then the playoffs. Huggins plans on officially visiting Florida the weekend of December 10 and then Rutgers around January 21, though that isn't set in stone yet.
The 6-foot, 190-pound prospect from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep had narrowed his list to Florida, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Rutgers, but according to his father three other schools are making a serious push and will receive consideration.
"USC, Tennessee and Wisconsin are still heavily recruiting him and we're going to see what they have to say," the elder Huggins said.
On the season Huggins has rushed for more than 1,200 yards and about 27 touchdowns.