Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Coaches' corner: DT Kerrick Huggins
By Brandon Chatmon
After recruiting them for several months, Oklahoma's coaching staff was finally able to talk publicly about the players the Sooners added to the program on signing day. Over the next week or so, SoonerNation will review some of the key things coaches had to say about the players signed at each position group during their signing day webcast on Soonersports.com.
Defensive tackle Kerrick Huggins has the talent to play right away for the Sooners.
The Sooners looked to beef up along their defensive interior with four signees at defensive tackle. Dallas Skyline defensive tackle Kerrick Huggins is one of the prep interior players the Sooners hope emerge as difference-makers during their college careers. OU coach Bob Stoops is high on Huggins' combination of size, strength and quickness.
“[He's a] really a big, strong player, with excellent feet and quickness," Stoops said. "He's 6-3 to 6-4, 285 to 290 [pounds]. Excellent quickness, though. That’s the biggest thing as you watch him, the ability to change direction and move his feet. Really a strong player.”
Huggins' quickness could help him become a terror inside, but don't expect him to make a permanent move to the outside, where his size and quickness combination could be wasted with him lining up further from the ball.
“He’s a tackle if he is already 290 pounds and he is not even out of high school," Stoops said. "He’s going to be 300 to 310. He’s the guy that has the kind of quickness to be out there, but that’s the kind of quickness you want inside from a big guy.”
Editor's note: Huggins was one of the last Sooners to sign and the majority of the defensive staff couldn't comment on him until he officially faxed his letter of intent. Coach Bob Stoops, who talked about him during his afternoon press conference, was the lone coach who talked about Huggins on signing day.