The Florida Gators have turned up the heat on Mainland High School (Deltona, Fla.) defensive back John Huggins.
After backing off his pledge to Florida State on Dec. 1, the Gators new coaching staff has been in constant communication with Huggins.
In the last week, Huggins mentioned he has talked to head coach Dan Mullen and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham on a daily basis and has made a quick connection with the new staff.
“He [Todd Grantham] is a really cool dude and I am really interested in his defensive scheme,” Huggins told Armchair.
Huggins received his scholarship offer from Florida on Tuesday Dec. 5, and on Thursday Grantham paid him a visit with a pitch that intrigues him.
“The visit went great. Coach Grantham just tells me how I fit his defensive scheme with my length and size. They also don’t have much depth at corner, so I have a good opportunity of playing,” he said.
Huggins is certainly not wrong. Florida’s secondary was depleted with injuries throughout the 2017 season and had a ton of new faces on the back end of the defense. Huggins would certainly add depth and be given the opportunity to earn early playing time.
In recent years, the Gators defensive backs have played at a high level and carried themselves with a lot of pride. The number of secondary players drafted to the NFL have led many to call Florida “DBU”. The chance to be a part of a rich tradition excites Huggins.
“It’s honestly a blessing, just the opportunity is just a honor,” he said.
A new recruiting tool Florida brings to the table is switching from Nike to Jordan brand. They will become the fourth university and first SEC school to sport the logo. Plenty of recruits, including Huggins, have taken notice and love the move.
“That’s huge for Florida in recruiting, who wouldn’t want to be sponsored by the best logo on the planet?”
Huggins took a visit to Gainesville this season for their game against Texas A&M. The former FSU commit said it was a phenomenal experience and that the vibe around campus is “awesome.”
With the new coaching staff putting on the full-court press for Huggins’ commitment, he now has the Gators, “up by the top of his list”.
Huggins plans on taking his official visit to The Swamp in mid-January, and will also host the Gators coaching staff for an in-home visit before the early signing period.
According to 247sports, Huggins is a 3-star prospect and 32nd-ranked safety in the country. Keep an eye on Huggins as he certainly could become a member of the Gators #AllBite18 class.