NJ.com- Savon Huggins arrived at Rutgers in 2011 as the most heralded in recruit in program history. While his career didn't meet those lofty expectations, the running back left Rutgers on Monday with a legacy for representing his state school proudly and loyally.
'Tis a new day on the Banks of the Raritan. A day in which Savon Huggins and his loser mentality can not, and will not, affect this football team and it's future. Perhaps I am giving him too much credit. It you polled the Rutgers fan base, a vast majority wouldn't even know that Savon Huggins was still in school. That's how irrelevant the once 4-star recruit has become. Should I cut the kid some slack? He came into the university with the world on his shoulders. The die hard fans of the Knights expecting him to rip off a 50 yard touchdown on his very first carry. What they received was as close to the opposite as you could possibly get.
Why do I harbor so much ill will towards a single failed recruit? The answer is simple. Huggins is one of the first players whose recruitment I followed from day one. Perhaps I was blinded by the 4 golden stars gleaming next to his name. Perhaps, just once, I wanted to see a highly touted prospect live up to his billing, instead of depending on mediocre prospects to out perform their ranking. Whatever it was, Huggins didn't just fail to live up to his potential, he tripped over it in the backfield for a 3 yard loss. The first question a friend of mine asked me when I told him that Savon was transferring was "where is he headed?" . A number of places ran through my mind. Possibly church, to confess for his sins, to take responsibility for dashing the hopes of Rutgers fans both near and far, to exercise the demons of Saturday's past. Maybe the eye doctor to fix whatever has been ailing his vision for the last 5 years. A blind person with a seeing eye dog could have, at the very least, paralleled Huggins' stats. He certainly would have been better at following his blocker.
You got to think that Huggins regrets not transferring earlier. Going into the last year of a miserable college career he was staring at a backfield featuring 5 players his superior. Goodwin will probably get moved to cornerback next year due to depth at the running back position and he is 1,000x the player Savon ever was. If I walked into Kyle Flood's office off the street, on crutches, told him to fuck himself, spit on a picture of his wife, then asked for a walk-on spot, my chances of starting at tailback for Rutgers would rival Huggins. I realize he has not even carried the ball since 2013, but I have to imagine his presence around the team is responsible for at least one of the losses this year. Just no way you can be around that level of self implosion without some collateral damage.
I realize his heart was in the right place when he chose to bring his talents to Piscataway. 'A' for effort, 'F' for execution. He's lucky he didn't scare away every recruit in a 100 mile radius. This isn't 'goodbye' Savon, this is 'see you never'.