Albert Huggins never played football in seventh grade.
The 6-3, 265-pound sophomore has some playing experience but that never stopped him from laying it all on the line for Orangeburg-Wilkinson this season.
That’s one thing that the South Carolina Gamecocks took note of in the young defensive lineman before offering him a scholarship to play for the Garnet and Black.
“I just talked with him a few minutes ago and he’s on cloud nine,” Bruins head coach Tommy Brown said. “He said he’s so happy and they’ve invited him up this weekend. So, he’s excited.”
Huggins, who finished the 2012 season with 64 tackles, a fumble recovery for a touchdown and four sacks, is receiving this offer on the heels of O-W’s Elite 11 selection Jadar Johnson officially signing to play for Clemson last weekend. Now, the Bruins could have another prospect headed to play Division I football for a championship-caliber program.
“Clemson was interested in him,” Brown noted. “They saw him first, but I guess they’re taking their time. Carolina saw him on film and they didn’t hesitate. They saw right away that he has so much upside. It’s big time for a 10th-grader to be offered by a Division I school and a school that’s ranked in the top 10. It’s saying a lot. We’re just blessed and fortunate to have the kid in our program.”
The offer makes Huggins the first sophomore to ever receive an offer in O-W’s storied history of producing college players. However, this opportunity isn’t one where the spotlight shines solely on Huggins. The attention he gets will give others the opportunity to make a name for themselves as well.
“He’s set another legacy here at O-W,” Brown said, “because you’ve got other young men here. He’s going to get a lot more attention. That’s going to give a chance for other young men to be seen. That’s the thing about it.”