Shaq Wiggins: UGA DB is “100-percent committed” but … will visit Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss & Vandy

This week, Shaq Wiggins, who is ranked by some as the state’s No. 1 prospect at DB, confirmed that he is “100 percent” committed to UGA.

The 5-foot-9, 161-pounder from Sandy Creek High School also stated that he will take all five official visits and revealed the other schools – Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.

Should UGA fans be worried about Shaq taking all 5 official visits?

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“In talking with some players that came before me, one of the things they wish they would’ve done was to visit other schools,” Wiggins told the AJC. “I don’t want to make the same mistake. My parents want me to visit other schools to have something to compare to Georgia. But I don’t think anybody will compare to Georgia.”

Note: You can watch Wiggins, along with another UGA commit from Sandy Creek, WR Demarre Kitt, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in a live webcast by clicking here. There’s also Sandy Creek OL Alan Knott, who has pledged to South Carolina.

What could another college do to change Shaq’s mind about UGA? “I really don’t think at this time that a school could come in and change my mind. I couldn’t really say on that.”

Wiggins is one of those recruits that the analysts either “love or hate.” Some analysts love his aggressive style of play and athleticism, while the main knock against him is his size.

UGA DB commit Shaq Wiggins will also take recruiting trips to Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt (AJC)

UGA DB commit Shaq Wiggins will also take recruiting trips to Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt (AJC)

“I think his size is fine,” Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker said. “He’s guarded JaQuay Williams [signed with Auburn but attending prep school this season] and DeMarre Kitt in practices, and has done just fine. I don’t think size has ever been an issue when he was covering those two guys around here. It’s never been an issue, know what I mean?

“Shaq has got great instincts as a cover guy. He has great quickness and great ball skills. He understands how to play his position really well.”

Wiggins committed to UGA last spring, and he fought off rumors all summer that he was going to re-open his recruiting. Of course, Wiggins stirred up speculation against when he made a recruiting trip to Florida’s opener (the Gators are considered to be the top contender). But Wiggins claims he’s headed to UGA, where he plans to visit on Saturday.

“I can see where [UGA fans] might worry but there’s nothing to worry about,” Wiggins said. “I’m 100-percent committed to Georgia. I talked to the coaches over there on Monday. Nothing has changed between me and Georgia.”




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71 comments Add your comment

Bitter recruit

September 13th, 2012
4:27 pm

Go where ever with who ever!!!!!!!!!—-dawgs are stacked

————-no story here————-bamma stinks

Delbert D.

September 13th, 2012
7:22 pm

Anybody who believes a commitment ought to be committed.


September 13th, 2012
7:32 pm

That’s right Jeff, because GA is doing so well with them lol. Idiot.

bad brad

September 13th, 2012
10:34 pm

@ kerryb…
Like most high school stars, Matthews plays offense too. What worries me about Matthews is how the Sandy Creek receivers ran right past him and he lined up fairly deep for a high school safety.


September 14th, 2012
8:44 am

These kids only get to do this once. Let him take all of his free trips for fun. If he switches then it was not meant to be.


September 14th, 2012
8:47 am

Douglas @4:19 – How old are you? I thought I was a grumpy old man but you, sir, have taken the title.

Go Jackets!

September 14th, 2012
10:18 am

In the kids defense, oftentimes these kids have never been out of their own county, let alone the state. Let him look….he deserves it. We @ Tech have had plenty of kids go visit other schools, some flip and some dont. You guys dont want another Da’rick or Isaiah do ya… it safe and let the kid go visit without much fuss. But take a lesson form Fish fry…..u talk ugly about em or rescind the offer, and the kid DANG SURE wont come to UGA. Go Jackets!


September 14th, 2012
1:50 pm

Um, Harold… who is Chris Patterson. It’s pretty clear you have no idea what you’re talking about.

Blackberry Cobbler

September 14th, 2012
2:16 pm

A 4-star 5′9″, 161 DB……… really? I don’t understand what all the fuss is about. No big loss if he flips.


September 14th, 2012
2:54 pm

The Visits are mini paid vacations and free ball games. Oh yes, there is always a chance a kid will flip.
Can’t worry about it.

Calab King

September 14th, 2012
2:58 pm

Come to “Jawga” and be a star like me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whiskey Breath

September 14th, 2012
5:51 pm

You guys should be asking…. why isn’t Saban going after this kid?


September 15th, 2012
9:27 am

5 foot nothing 169 pounds… I wouldn’t worry about him…


September 15th, 2012
9:29 am

Im sorry 161 lbs….. Wow… Let him look…


September 15th, 2012
11:26 am


September 17th, 2012
9:52 am

gt4ever… Do you recall a guy named Tim Jennings that played at UGA? He is only 5′9″ also… and started for the Colts when they won a Super Bowl. Now starts for the Bears. Also never lost a game to GT. Pretty solid career.

Check what the scouts have to say about the coverage skills of Wiggins.


September 17th, 2012
12:33 pm

Whiskey – Saban did go after this kid. And Saban got shot down. Told him he could only offer if Wiggins committed on the spot. Sounds like a used car salesman tactic to me…

Bama Time

September 17th, 2012
2:42 pm


At 5-9, he seems to be on the short side for Saban’s perferred DB height. He probably wanted him to commit ASAP because he has other DBs to evualate and recruit and did not want to waste time recruiting someone who may not be a good fit for Alabama’s secondary. The top recruits can play the waiting game with Alabama but others cannot. I suspect he falls into the “other” catagory. Saban has his own evulation of recruits. He does not go by ercruting services or newspaper rankings.


September 17th, 2012
5:28 pm

You may be right Bama Time…. But the fact remains that Saban gave him a face to face offer and the kid passed.


September 17th, 2012
6:39 pm

I feel size will be a factor and he neither has the height nor the strength to handle much bigger wideouts seeing currently on the field. UGA got burned in past trying the smaller db’s.

Bama Time

September 18th, 2012
9:31 am

PR, Saban does not get every player he wants :) His goal in recruiting is 10 NFL-type impact recruits a year.