DE Albert Huggins (6-4 280) of Orangeburg-Wilkinson Friday morning announced a commitment to Clemson during a gathering of family and students at the school auditorium. Huggins, regarded by some analysts as the state’s top prospect for the 2015 class, picked the Tigers over Georgia. He also had Florida, Florida State, Auburn and North Carolina on his final list.
Huggins camped several times at Clemson and attended a few games there so he felt comfortable with the situation.
“With coach Swinney and coach Hobby and the coaching staff, it’s a real good opportunity to fit in and have the opportunity to start,” Huggins said. “The family that Clemson has is crazy and I want to be there.”
Huggins said at one point Georgia was his favorite but that changed after his in home visit with Swinney last week. “I went with my heart, went with my heart,” he said.
Huggins is, of course, familiar with Clemson’s recent history of success with defensive ends, like this year’s All American Vic Beasley, someone he has gotten to know in recent years.
“I can see where coach Hobby took the time to sit him down and mold him,” he said. “I can see myself being molded and becoming a great player and go to the NFL and get my degree.” Huggins believes his physicality and speed will be assets for the Clemson defense.
Huggins is a Shrine Bowl selection who had 73 tackles and 10 sacks this season.
He will be an early enrollee at Clemson and is the Tigers’ 24th commitment for the class including carryovers from 2014.