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Huggins Enjoying Dead Period, Under Armour
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) five-star running back Savon Huggins exciting New Year's Eve went something like this: He got into town about 3 p.m. and rested, watched the ball drop from New York, did a quick toast with his family and went to bed. Relaxing? You bet. And that is how life has been the last two weeks, an NCAA-mandated dead period in which the only contact with recruits comes in the form of phone calls. "It's a weight lifted off your shoulders," Huggins said after Saturday's first day of practice at the ESPN Under Armour all-America game. "It's just relaxing, no more homework right now, so I'm just enjoying this time and having fun." Huggins remains one of the top uncommitted players in the nation, and he has two visits ahead of him before his planned announcement date of Jan. 28. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Huggins already visited Notre Dame, North Carolina and Auburn, and he will finish his official visit schedule with trips to Michigan State (Jan. 14-16) and Rutgers (Jan. 21-23). However, Huggins didn't spend much time since he returned from his Auburn as the dead period began. "I really haven't thought about that, especially with Christmas and the holidays, I've just been hanging out with the family," Huggins said. "I've been comparing schools a little bit, but I've been just trying to enjoy this time and hang out with some friends." He is also making some new ones at the Under Armour game, where he and five-star Isaiah Crowell of Carver High (Columbus, Ga.) are the only running backs on the red squad. "It's a lot of carries," Huggins said. "You get to see how good you really are, and play with the best of the best. There's nobody in the game better than this." Huggins said he wasn't as rusty as he thought he would be after returning to the field for the first time in more than a month. There are also a few players standing out to Huggins, and not surprisingly, Scout.com's top-rated player in the 2011 class, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, of South Pointe High (Rock Hill, S.C.). "I'm actually fine. I'm surprised," he said. "You get a hit here and there, and it knocks you back in. Clowney, he's unstoppable over there. The other running back, Isaiah (Crowell), he's doing his thing over there, so we're going at it." The game is Wednesday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, and the recruiting should pick up again as Notre Dame and Rutgers are scheduled to visit him after when he returns home from the game. But even while being partially isolated, Huggins has a constant reminder of staying home. He talks often with Rutgers commit Miles Shuler of Long Branch (N.J.) High. "We talk every day. Not football, but other stuff," Huggins said. "He tried to get me to the throw the football in the bubble (in Wall Township) the other day, but I worked out with him the other day and we're always in touch."
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