DL Albert Huggins of Orangeburg-Wilkinson continues to move at a deliberate pace with his recruiting, and he can do this knowing full well one of his favorites is filling up at his position.
Huggins spent a few days at Clemson last week while the camps were gong on. Clemson has been one of the schools on Huggins the strongest from the early part of his recruiting and he found his time there last week to be beneficial.
"I got to sit down with the coaches more because I didn't work out at all," Huggins said. "I got to sit down with coach Hobby, coach Swinney and coach Brooks and we just had a good talk about life and girlfriends and things like that other than football."
But there was also some time to talk football as well.
"Coach Hobby is probably the only coach that doesn't want me to play D-end in college," Huggins said. "He likes big D-ends. I'm 282 (pounds) and I have no problem with that. He just wants me on the D-line now. Coach Swinney doesn't have any problem with that. Coach Brooks is happy. He wants me at D-tackle. He's the defensive tackle coach. Anybody would love to coach me, you know what I'm saying? As the defensive tackle coach, he probably does want me, but at the same time, coach Hobby's already got me. I'm playing D-end at Clemson. They think I'm more explosive and productive at the defensive tackle position. When I go to college, I'm going to prove to them I can play D-end too. It is what it is. They want me at D-end right now. I'm playing D-end, hopefully."
All that said, Huggins said he's not made up his mind about his future destination. When it was pointed out to him that many in the recruiting world expect him to go to Clemson, Huggins gave a chuckle and said, "We'll see how it goes."
He said Swinney told him last week he had one spot left at defensive end and had a couple of other prospects visiting later in the week. "Hey man, if they commit, you know we can't take you," Huggins said he was told by Swinney. "I'm like, hey coach, I know that, I'm aware of all that. But I need time. I'll be graduating mid-year and I need time. I need to pray about this so I need time."
Huggins said he talked to USC about a week ago and told them his plan to take visits out of state to have something to compare with the Gamecocks and Clemson.
"Coach Adams said, hey man, you've been up here a lot of times but we haven't had the long conversations I want to have,." said Huggins who added he doesn't have any immediate plans for a return visit to USC. "I'm going to Georgia in a couple of weeks and see how it is there and then I'm going to try and go to Florida to see how it is there." He also wants to visit Florida State and Auburn this summer.
Huggins said he doesn't have a leader at this point.