[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The number one New Jersey high school prospect in 2011 is currently looking to join an NFL team. Savon Huggins from Jackson, NJ wants to continue his football-playing career but he is certainly much more than just a player, he is also a standout role model for anyone who has heard his story.


Coming out of St. Peter’s Prep, Huggins was a top prospect heavily recruited by major schools. He received offers from NCAA powerhouses but instead chose to attend Rutgers University because of his relationship with former head coach Greg Schiano while also “making a name for himself in his home state.”


Huggins’s time at Rutgers was not always an easy journey, however. The running back struggled with injuries and the departure of Schiano to the NFL. Despite his problems with football, Huggins continued to excel in the classroom like he did in high school when he was a member of the honor society. He made Dean’s List and All Academic teams from 2012 to 2014 while at Rutgers. Savon says he “expects to be successful in class” and has become “accustomed to academic success.”


Savon also managed to earn an economics degree in three and a half years at Rutgers, which allowed him to transfer to Northern Iowa as a graduate student where he continued to play football. Huggins described his Rutgers tenure as a “learning experience with plenty of ups and downs that made him mentally tough” but wanted to get a “fresh start” at Northern Iowa. He was named a team captain and was well respected amongst his teammates.


Apart from being a leader on the football field, Savon continued to be successful with his classes and earned his Master’s degree in Sports Psychology with a 3.87 grade point average. After graduating from Northern Iowa, Huggins went undrafted in the NFL draft but he continued to stay active. Savon has since become a high school football coach, hosted radio shows, and spoken to youth in a mentorship role.


Huggins earned a tryout with the Green Bay Packers this summer but was unable to hold a spot on the team. However, the young running back is not letting that deter him as he is still trying to make an NFL team to “become a starter and hopefully win a lot of games.” Savon is looking to improve all of his skills by “becoming a better and more versatile overall athlete” and wants to “contribute any possible way” to his future football team.


Savon wants to continue to mentor youth by teaching them how to be proper professionals. He has made giving back to the community a priority of his no matter what his future holds and plans to possibly open a gym one day. Huggins credits his success to his family and friends and says he has always “surrounded himself with good people while removing the bad ones.”


Savon describes himself as “hardworking, loyal, trustworthy and a leader by example.” “It’s always been about more than just football for me” says Huggins, who has certainly made that clear throughout his life.


Savon’s highlights can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-CwumA-zHLFTHBwMWNHUlVSYmM/view


by Paul Cohen (pcohen1@ithaca.edu)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]