Why UGA? “It’s good football, good education and good people. Coach [Mark Richt], from the way my family and I felt, is a good person. The coaches are truthful and straight up. Plus it’s the home state school.”
Vitals: 5-foot-9, 162 pounds. Clocked at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Has 3.0 GPA, plans to major in Broadcast Journalism and will likely enroll early in college.
Recruiting rankings: 4-star and nation’s No. 86 prospect by ESPN, 4-star and nation’s No. 167 prospect by 247sports, 4-star and No. 11 DB by Scout, 3-star and No. 28 DB by Rivals.
Things to know: Considered to be the state’s top “cover corner” … Makes up for lack of size with feisty attitude and athleticism … During the 2011 season, Wiggins matched up every day in practice against senior WR JaQuay Williams (signed with Auburn) and sophomore WR Demarre Kitt (committed to UGA) … Transferred from Westlake to Sandy Creek during spring of his sophomore year … With outgoing personality and huge presence on Twitter, Shaq may be UGA’s most valuable recruit with his ability to persuade other recruits to consider the Bulldogs
They said it:“Shaq is a guy that can lock up with anybody. I know the whole deal about being a ‘cover corner’ and covering big wideouts and all that good stuff. I’m going to tell you this: Shaq Wiggins had a full year of covering 6-foot-3, 200-pound JaQuay Williams and 6-foot-2, 185-pound Demarre Kitt. You’re talking about two SEC wide receivers and Shaq more than held his own … I think this whole thing about size is a little overrated. If they can cover, they can cover. Shaq can cover.” – Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker
Random: Best hidden talent is juggling. “I can juggle apples or basketballs. It doesn’t matter. Anything.” … Favorite quote is by Deion Sanders: “If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. If you play good, they pay good.” … Nickname? Called “Q” by father and “Head” by classmates
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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