11 of Florida’s 19 signees in the 2018 recruiting class will be enrolling at Florida come summer time, and John Huggins will be one of them. The highly-touted three-star defensive back from Mainland, Fla. was one of the first recruits to commit under new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.
Huggins has made the short drive to Florida’s campus from the East coast several times this spring to observe the new coaching staff and the environment they are building. During his time in Gainesville, Huggins’ has watched practices standing alongside his new coaches and spent time inside the locker room with his future teammates.
“The new passion from the coaching staff has stuck out to me,” Huggins told Armchair. “Coach Mullen has the energy back at Florida, and that’s going to be scary.”
The new up-beat atmosphere in Gainesville is a stark difference from the previous administration.
“I feel like the old staff was more laid back and was less in control than the staff we have in place now,” Huggins said.
While observing practice from the sidelines, Huggins has had the opportunity to watch first-hand his new positional coaches teach their players. Observing other freshmen stand outs like Trey Dean has Huggins itching to join his new team.
“The intensity Coach English brings is incredible. Coach Warren is all about doing things the right way, and that’s how it should be,” Huggins said. “I just personally can’t wait to be out there. I’m ready to go to work.”
A lot of 2019 recruits are currently taking visits around the country, and Florida has drawn a plethora of interest from top prospects. Players like Trey Sanders (No. 6 in the country) and Kayvon Thibodeax (No. 1 in the country) have made their way to Gainesville this spring. Huggins has a simple message for these guys.
“Come join the culture.”
Huggins still has several months before he officially becomes a Gator. In the meantime, he’s training to improve his speed, footwork and ball skills. Huggins will join a young, but experienced group of defensive backs this summer.