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Decision time for O-W's Albert Huggins: Clemson or Georgia?

Four-star defensive end Albert Huggins decides between ACC and SEC powerhouses Friday morning in Orangeburg.

Huggins will have two hats to pick from -- Clemson and Georgia. As of Thursday morning, 247's "Crystal Ball" favored Huggins landing in TigerTown by over 90 percent. Marion Hobby has been his Clemson recruiter. The decision -- with under two months to Signing Day -- would be a nice cherry on top of either strong 2015 class.

Huggins reportedly canceled his Thursday-night in-home visit with Georgia coaches because of a family matter.

Clemson holds 247's No. 7 composite ranking with two five-stars, eight four stars and nine three stars in a 21-man class.

The spot is one ahead of South Carolina and its 27 commits, trailing only Alabama (22 commits; 18 4/5 stars), Florida State (21; 14 4/5 stars), Georgia (25; 14 4/5 stars), Ohio State (23; 11 4/5 stars), Tennessee (25; 9 4/5 stars) and Texas A&M (21; 12 4/5 stars).

Huggins is down for 135 tackles and 18 sacks over his sophomore and junior years, a 2015 U.S. Army All-American bowl selection with offers nationwide.

In a social-media fueled recruiting game now, the S.C. product has entertained Twitter recruiting from the fans. The reaction post-announcement will give somebody bragging rights.

2015 Clemson class notes

  • 13 Clemson commits signed financial aid agreements back in August -- six among the ESPN 300 led by top-20 prospect Mitch Hyatt (OT, North Gwinnett, 6-6 274). The rest include- wide receiver Shadell Bell of Decatur, Georgia; running back Ray Ray McCloud III of Tampa, Florida; linebacker Tanner Muse of Belmont, North Carolina; tight end Garrett Williams of Orlando, Florida; defensive back Van Smith of Charlotte, North Carolina; offensive lineman Zach Giella of Martinez, Georgia; quarterback Tucker Israel of Orlando, Florida; and defensive back Kaleb Chalmers of Greenwood, South Carolina. Four-star, and just outside ESPN's 100 (109) N.C. D-lineman Sterling Johnson joined the ranks in October, planning to enroll early.
  • Of that group, four-star tight end Garrett Williams decided not to opt for early enrollment and recent reports have 4-star RB Ray-Ray McCloud III following the same path. Per 247Sports, there is a family situation that could delay his enrollment to the summer. A second look at Florida under new coach Jim McElwain has been reported as well for McCloud, but his Dad countered that McCloud is "Clemson all the way" to TigerNet Wednesday.
  • Clemson is ranked as high as fourth by both Rivals and ESPN with its current 2015 class. ESPN has the Tigers down for 16 four or five-star commits. Rivals has only 10, but Hyatt (18) and McCloud (18) both land in their top-20 prospects. 247 projects a move into the top-5 with a commitment from Huggins, ahead of Tennessee.
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