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5 Reasons Albert Huggins Will Sign with Clemson Tigers

Zach GillilandFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2014

5 Reasons Albert Huggins Will Sign with Clemson Tigers

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    Huggins is one of the top prospects in the nation.
    Huggins is one of the top prospects in the nation.247 Sports

    The Clemson Tigers have been recruiting very well in the 2015 cycle, but there's one prospect in particular they haven't received a commitment from yet: Albert Huggins.

    Huggins is one of the top recruits in America, and he has many schools calling for his commitment. Clemson, Alabama, Florida State, Florida and Georgia are among some of the schools from which Huggins holds an offer.

    He is rated by Scout.com as the No. 10 overall defensive tackle and is a 4-star prospect.

    I have put together five reasons why Huggins will stay in-state and sign with the Tigers.

Success Recruiting in Orangeburg

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    Jadar Johnson was a part of Clemson's 2013 recruiting class.
    Jadar Johnson was a part of Clemson's 2013 recruiting class.247 Sports

    In the past few years Clemson has done a pretty good job of recruiting in the area that surrounds Orangeburg, South Carolina.

    The Tigers have a history of getting defensive linemen out of Bamberg, which isn't very far from Orangeburg. Do the names Da'Quan Bowers, Ricky Sapp and Martin Aiken sound familiar? All three of them are from Bamberg. Clemson also holds a commitment from another Bamberg product, LaSamuel Davis.

    Jadar Johnson, who was a part of Clemson's 2013 recruiting class, graduated from the high school that Huggins currently attends.

    This is the least convincing reason why the Tigers will sign Huggins because it simply doesn't mean as much as the factors that are directly related to Huggins.

He's an in-State Recruit

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    There's always a certain amount of local pressure for an athlete to stay in-state for college.
    There's always a certain amount of local pressure for an athlete to stay in-state for college.247 Sports

    This is another reason that can certainly be a factor, but it isn't directly related to Huggins, either. When an athlete is deciding upon a school, the local schools usually always have a slight advantage because of the familiarity.

    The prospects see that school more and they also hear more about it around their area.

    With Huggins, it's hard to tell if staying in-state is a priority.

    Per Hale McGranahan of CUTigers (Scout.com subscription required), Huggins would like to get out of the state on some visits. He states in the article that Huggins has only been to three schools and would like to see what others have to offer.

    Ultimately, it will be hard for Huggins to look past Clemson and South Carolina as viable options.

Frequent Visitor to Clemson

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    Huggins hasn't had any trouble making it to Clemson's campus.
    Huggins hasn't had any trouble making it to Clemson's campus.Grant Halverson/Getty Images

    Per McGranahan, Huggins has been to Clemson's campus "six or seven times," which is very good for the Tigers.

    The more the 4-star defensive lineman steps foot on campus, the more familiar he will become with the coaches. He also has the opportunity to learn more about the program with the frequent visits.

    While this is an important reason to watch for, Clemson isn't the only campus that Huggins is seeing a lot of. In the same article he also states that he has been to South Carolina "at least five or six times."

     

4-3 Defensive Scheme

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    Clemson's defensive line was impressive last season, leading the nation in tackles for loss.
    Clemson's defensive line was impressive last season, leading the nation in tackles for loss.USA TODAY Sports

    The defensive scheme a team runs can have an important impact on how recruits perceive it. Clemson runs the 4-3 scheme, meaning four defensive linemen and three linebackers.

    In an interview I did with Huggins in March for Prep Force, he stated that the 4-3 scheme fit his skill set the best.

    "I like to go get the ball. In the 3-4, the defensive lineman might sometimes take away an offensive lineman while the linebacker makes the play. I wanna go get the play."

    While Clemson is among the many other schools that play this defensive scheme, it certainly helps its recruiting pitch when attempting to land Huggins.

     

What Clemson Has Graduating

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    Vic Beasley will be among the nation's top players this fall.
    Vic Beasley will be among the nation's top players this fall.J Pat Carter/Associated Press

    The main reason that Clemson will sign Huggins is the opportunity for him to play right away. Vic Beasley, Tavaris Barnes, Corey Crawford, Grady Jarrett, Josh Watson and DeShawn Williams will all graduate in 2014, so the need for defensive linemen will become apparent sooner rather than later.

    Clemson has other guys who will jump in and play whenever those guys graduate, but with so many leaving, it will give Huggins a very realistic shot at playing as a freshman.

    This is the most important reason why he will sign with the Tigers, because there aren't many top-notch programs that can offer both early playing time and the chance to compete for a national title.

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