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.