Shaq Wiggins, one of UGA’s top recruits, has heard the rumors.
The DB from Sandy Creek High School knows all about the rampant speculation over the past few weeks that he was either on the brink of de-committing from the Bulldogs — or had already done so privately. It’s a touchy subject after 5-star RB Derrick Henry and another de-committed from UGA recently.
“I think people take some things the wrong way,” Wiggins told the AJC on Tuesday night.
“There’s things people say on message boards and Twitter. I even had people calling me, saying ‘I heard you de-committed’ and all that stuff.”
So what’s the official word? “I’m still looking at schools and stuff like that. But I haven’t de-committed yet.”
Realizing how that sounded a little awkward, Wiggins quickly added, “Well, I’m not de-committing any time soon.”
He explained further: “I guess all the rumors came from me taking visits to other schools, just looking what they have to offer. Now I did have some thoughts about [de-committing], but it wasn’t too serious.”
How committed is Wiggins to UGA? “I’d say 95 percent.”
There may be other UGA recruits that are more talented, but there isn’t one that is more valuable in recruiting. With his charismatic and outgoing personality, Wiggins is UGA’s top recruit at recruiting other players – and it’s not even close. Even the Bulldog coaches (which can’t comment per NCAA rules) are amazed at Wiggins’ people skills.
“The Georgia coaches know where I stand with them and my commitment there,” Wiggins said. “For the most part, nothing has changed.”
That’s the good news. However, UGA fans will still be worried that Wiggins will take unofficial visits later this summer to Auburn, Florida and with the Bulldogs. By the way, if Wiggins wasn’t committed to UGA, he said it would be Florida “because of my relationship with [Will Muschamp] and the other defensive coaches.”
Then after his senior season at Sandy Creek, Wiggins has tentatively planned for official visits to UGA, Clemson, Ole Miss, Florida and Auburn.
“It’s recruiting, you only get to go through this one time in your life, and I want to see what other colleges have to offer,” Wiggins said.
There’s another strange twist in this situation – Wiggins being committed to UGA but communicating with other schools. He said he learned that was a good thing to do after watching two of his Sandy Creek teammates go through the recruiting process this past year – WR JaQuay Williams committed early to Auburn, had some doubts after some assistants left the staff, flirted with UGA but ended up signing with Auburn. RB Mikey Hilton pledged early to Ole Miss, nearly flipped after the coaching change to North Carolina, but stuck with Ole Miss.
“Georgia fans shouldn’t be worried at all, but I’m keeping my options open because you never know what can happen with college coaches, just from my past experiences,” Wiggins said. “I don’t want to make the same mistakes that other players made before me.”
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