Coming this month: Albert Huggins

Coming this month: Albert Huggins


Coming this month: Albert Huggins


By Hale McGranahan.

Nearly all of Clemson’s 2015 signing class, plus the greyshirt trio of Jalen Williams, Judah Davis and J.D. Davis, will report for duty on Sunday afternoon. On Monday, they’ll go through orientation. Their enrollment at Clemson officially begins on Wednesday, the first day of the spring semester.



Albert Huggins (6-3, 280)


4- Star DT (Scout, Rivals, 247)

His Background. Clemson, led by defensive ends coach Marion Hobby, began its courtship of Huggins when he was a sophomore. The near two-year pursuit came to an end when Huggins committed to Clemson in December, selecting the Tigers over several offers, including Georgia and South Carolina. The No. 1 overall player in the state of South Carolina, Huggins played in both the Shrine Bowl and Army All-American Bowl after his senior season at O-W came to a close.

Quick Analysis. Huggins is strong, plays well with his hands and has the quickness and athleticism that could allow him to play defensive end early on in his college career. As he continues to put in work with Joey Batson, Huggins grow into a full-time 3-technique tackle. In addition to his upside on the field, Huggins also has the personality to be a strong personality in the locker room and a spokesman for the team in the media.

This Spring. Assuming Huggins plays defensive end this spring, Huggins will be in the mix for one of the vacant starting spots left behind by Vic Beasley and Corey Crawford. There’s also a backup job to fill with the departure of Tavaris Barnes, so there’s a very good chance that Huggins will make an early case for playing-time as a freshman. Defensive end will be one of the most inexperienced positions on the Clemson roster in 2015. Shaq Lawson, a projected starter, is one of the elder statesmen along with Kevin Dodd. Dane Rogers, Martin Aiken and Ebenezer Ogundeko have played only a handful of snaps at Clemson. And Richard Yeargin is coming off a redshirt season in 2014.



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