Junior DL Albert Huggins of Orangeburg-Wilkinson made his first game day visit of the season last Saturday when he went up to Clemson for the Florida State game. He had been to Clemson before for games and camps but this visit was entirely different. “I’ve never seen the atmosphere that hyped before,” Huggins said. “That’s one thing that really impressed me. I focused on the D-line mostly, Florida State and Clemson. I talked to coach Swinney and he was telling me, ‘Albert, I respect you whatever decision you make.’ That’s basically what he was telling me.” Huggins plans to get to other games with USC, North Carolina and NC State three targets. He talked with USC recruiters Deke Adams and Everette Sands earlier this week. “They were asking me how my game went Friday, last Friday and what’s coming up this Friday,” Huggins said. Huggins has not added any new offers to his list which is comprised of USC, Clemson, Florida State, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisville, Georgia, NC State, North Carolina, Auburn and SC State. He does not have favorites and doesn’t have a timetable for a decision. “I really haven’t sat down with my parents yet,” he said. Though he has lived in South Carolina all of his life, Huggins said he grew up a Georgia fan. “I don’t know, maybe it was the red,” he said. “It really doesn’t matter. At first it did but I changed my mind,” adding that at one point he did favor Georgia. Huggins has 8 sacks and 7 tackles for loss and has 4 forced fumbles in helping the Bruins to a 7-1 record.
Class of 2015 WR Shadell Bell (6-3 198) of Decatur, GA has Clemson as his leader and could commit to the Tigers in the next few months. Bell took a visit to Clemson for the Wake Forest game and loved what he saw. “It was amazing,” he said. “From the coaches to the atmosphere to the fans and players…I loved everything about it.” His only other visit this season was to Auburn when they hosted Mississippi State. He enjoyed that visit as well. His schedule has his high school team playing on Saturdays which makes taking another trip difficult. “I don’t know when I’ll be able to visit another school,” Bell said. “I want to commit in either December or January. Right now, it would be Clemson.” His offers are from Clemson, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi State, NC State, West Virginia, Virginia, Duke, Minnesota, Marshall and Appalachian State. Through seven games, Bell has nearly 20 receptions for 300 yards receiving and four touchdowns.
RHP Derrick Vail of Santa Fe JC in Florida committed to Clemson Friday for the 2014 class. Last season Vail was 5-5 with 2 saves and a 3.11 ERA. He allowed 48 hits in 46.1 innings while striking out 24 and walking 18. He allowed 2 home runs. Opponents batted .268 against him. Vail is the 9th commitment for Clemson’s 2014 class and the third pitcher. Vail is a native of Gainesville, FL.