On paper, the gem has to be four-star Devin Williams, a forward at Montverde (Fla.) Academy, originally from Cincinnati.
Perhaps not since another Devin - Ebanks, now with the Los Angeles Lakers - has Huggins landed such a highly regarded recruit. Yes, he also signed four-star recruits like current starter Jabarie Hinds and washout Noah Cottrill, but Williams had quite a list of suitors.
Huggins had to love the fact that Williams turned down offers from Ohio State, Memphis, Pittsburgh, UCLA, Virginia Tech and Xavier, let alone those from USC, North Carolina State, Tennessee and Illinois.
Again, though, Williams is the best on paper. Insiders, however, will tell you to watch Macon.
Off paper, he's the best of the bunch.
Perhaps WVU's new sparkling practice facility is beginning to pay off.
The Mountaineer football player was simply spectacular against the Sooners. A school record 344 rushing yards in his first college game at running back? A Big 12 record 572 all-purpose yards?
Sure, Austin's performance came in a WVU loss. It came on a weekend on which Kansas State and Oregon lost, which vaulted Notre Dame to No. 1.
But if basketball player Jack Taylor of Grinnell College can become a national star for scoring 138 points against Faith Baptist Bible College, can't Austin get a little love for 572 yards against Oklahoma?
"Want me to tell you the truth?" Huggins said. "When somebody beat my [behind] when I was young, they had to beat my [behind] the next day. And the next day. And the next day."
I asked WVU deputy athletic director Mike Parsons about the Classic setup, specifically why Marist was the Mountaineers' opponent.
"That [Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference] is the host," he said, "and it always has a team in it."
Against WVU on Thursday, the hosts couldn't have been more gracious.
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