Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - You might call it "tailgate politics" but that's what White House hopeful Jon Huntsman will be doing to connect with Tigers and Gamecocks fans in South Carolina Saturday.
Huntsman's campaign has not officially announced his visit to the first-in-the-South primary state, but CNN has learned from sources close to the campaign that the candidate is planning on spending time at both Clemson University and University of South Carolina's home games.
With a deep-seeded football rivalry between the teams it behooves any presidential candidate to give equal billing to their fanatic fans.
Huntsman will first go to the noon game between the Clemson Tigers and the defending national champion Auburn Tigers. He'll travel one-hour south to Williams Brice Stadium to catch the 6 p.m. ET game between the USC Gamecocks and the Naval Academy in Columbia.
The former governor of Utah has a legitimate reason to root for Navy because his oldest son, Jon, is a midshipman third class, or sophomore, at the Naval Academy.
Huntsman's youngest son, William, attends Naval Academy Prep School in Rhode Island and plays football there. If he graduates, he will be eligible to enroll at Annapolis next year, according to Scott Strasmeier, Naval Academy's sports information director.