- Brandon Chatmon, ESPN Staff Writer
Each week SoonerNation will take a closer look at the Class of 2013 prospects currently committed to Oklahoma. The in-depth analysis pieces will take a look at the ranking, estimated year of impact and potential role of each future Sooner.
Vitals: Defensive tackle Kerrick Huggins | 6-foot-3, 285 pounds
Committed: Dec. 14, 2012
ESPN.com grade: 79. Three-star prospect.
ESPN.com rankings: No. 36 defensive tackle, No. 85 in Midlands, No. 69 in Texas
Picked OU over: Texas A&M, Texas Tech, SMU and Colorado State.
State of the position: The state of the defensive tackle position is pretty obvious. The Sooners badly need impact players in their defensive interior. Any signee will have the chance to play immediately.
Pros: “Looks at his best defending the run. Huggins is a big kid who displays the tools to develop into a tough productive interior run defender and should come with experience competing against good talent on a consistent basis.” -- ESPN scouting report
Cons: “He is adequate as a pass rusher and needs to develop the use of his weapons to help him more quickly work past blockers.” -- ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Casey Walker. Huggins shows the ability to hold his own without being pushed around and could be a equality run stopper who can provide push up the middle in passing situations.
Expected impact 2013. The only reason Huggins wouldn’t make an immediate impact is if he doesn’t make a smooth transition to college football. And that’s not a given. Nonetheless, don’t be surprised if Huggins sees limited snaps as a freshman but don’t expect a major impact in 2013.
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