Four-star defensive end Albert Huggins decides between ACC and SEC powerhouses Friday morning in Orangeburg.
Huggins will have two hats to pick from – Clemson and Georgia. As of Thursday morning, 247’s “Crystal Ball” favored Huggins landing in TigerTown by more than 90 percent. Marion Hobby has been his Clemson recruiter. The decision – with less than two months to Signing Day – would be a nice cherry on top of either strong 2015 class.
Clemson holds 247’s No. 7 composite ranking, with two five-stars, eight four-stars and nine three-stars in a 21-man class.
The spot is one ahead of South Carolina and its 27 commits, trailing Alabama (22 commits; 18 4/5 stars), Florida State (21; 14 4/5 stars), Georgia (25; 14 4/5 stars), Ohio State (23; 11 4/5 stars), Tennessee (25; 9 4/5 stars) and Texas A&M (21; 12 4/5 stars).
Huggins had 135 tackles and 18 sacks over his sophomore and junior years. He is a 2015 U.S. Army All-American bowl selection with offers nationwide.
2015 Clemson class notes
• 13 Clemson commits signed financial aid agreements in August – six among the ESPN 300, led by top-20 prospect Mitch Hyatt (OT, North Gwinnett, 6-6 274). The rest include: wide receiver Shadell Bell of Decatur, Ga.; running back Ray Ray McCloud III of Tampa, Fla.; linebacker Tanner Muse of Belmont, N. C.; tight end Garrett Williams of Orlando, Fla.; defensive back Van Smith of Charlotte; offensive lineman Zach Giella of Martinez, Ga.; quarterback Tucker Israel of Orlando; and defensive back Kaleb Chalmers of Greenwood.
• Of that group, four-star tight end Williams decided against early enrollment and recent reports have four-star RB Ray-Ray McCloud III following the same path. Per 247Sports, there is a family situation that could delay his enrollment to the summer. A second look at Florida under new coach Jim McElwain has been reported, as well, for McCloud, but his dad said McCloud is “Clemson all the way” to TigerNet on Wednesday.
• Clemson is ranked as high as fourth by Rivals and ESPN with its 2015 class. ESPN has the Tigers down for 16 four or five-star commits. Rivals has 10, but Hyatt (18) and McCloud (18) both land in their top-20 prospects. 247 projects a move into the top 5 with a commitment from Huggins, ahead of Tennessee.