ARLINGTON, Texas - Dallas Skyline took to the field at this past Monday's Kirk Herbstreit Challenge hoping to put on a much better showing than in last year's loss to Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas at the same event. The Raiders made up for it, defeating Cocoa, Fla. 36-20.
Though Skyline is always loaded with top prospects, one junior in particular had a very strong game. Defensive tackle Kerrick Huggins was active against both the run and the pass. The 6-foot-4, 283-pound standout was excited to get the win in Cowboy Stadium.
"We knew it was going to be a dogfight," Huggins said." We just took it one play at a time. We came ready and did our thing.
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"We had to represent the state for sure, especially with what happened to us last year. (We lost to) St. Thomas 31-3. We had to show them that we were a different team and we were ready to play."
On the recruiting trail Huggins has already picked up a pair offers. They came as somewhat of a surprise because of his relative lack of experience.
"I have two offers from SMU and Colorado State," he said. "They offered me around our spring game. I played on varsity last year but I didn't start. This spring was really my first chance to show what I could do. They told me I did well so they offered me."
A Big Ten program has also been heavily recruiting Huggins and he hopes to learn more about the school.
"I'm hearing a lot from Iowa," he said. "The Hawkeyes are showing me a ton of interest. I haven't had a chance to go to any camps or schools yet but I'm hoping to go to an Iowa game."
However, it is a Pac-12 school that has Huggins' interest piqued the most, especially with a former teammate on the roster.
"Oregon - I'm a Duck fan," he said. "I love the colors and my man Anthony Wallace is up there. He and I have played together for a while and I want to keep it up."