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

Jeff

September 12th, 2012
11:03 pm

No big deal if he chooses another school. UGA can only sign so many 4 and 5 star players.

Clint

September 12th, 2012
11:27 pm

This is no news. He’s been visiting other schools all summer. He has visited Florida multiple times. At the end of the day he’ll be a Dawg

kingdaddy

September 12th, 2012
11:31 pm

Love this kid’s attitude. He is the kind of player that doesn’t let size stop his love of the game. We’ll put some meat on him and he will be a DGD…

AJ

September 12th, 2012
11:32 pm

Don’t care where the kid lands he is the best DB in state hands down. Any school that’s gets him is lucky.

going, going, gone

September 12th, 2012
11:47 pm

Don’t care what he says, he has been the biggest mouth of this entire recruiting class. Guess he got shocked by Reuben’s Tatoo. I think he is already gone and, I don’t care because he is 17-18 and doesn’t matter. I hope he signs with Alabama and becomes a freakish umpa lumpa like Greg Reid for FSU!

Dawg in the Northwoods

September 13th, 2012
12:11 am

Being committed is just like going ” steady”. There is no real “commitment” until there are rings on the fingers. Get over it and let these kids date as much as they want; but, if the schools find someone who wants it a little more be prepared to live with the consequences and accept your 2nd, 5th or 10th choice.

7576DAWG

September 13th, 2012
3:30 am

Let him enjoy the recruiting process. He will never get to see the other schools like he can as a recruit. After he signs he will always be in a hostile environment and will never step foot in Gainesville since our game with Florida is in Jacksonville.
Every recruit that Richt offers a scholarship too is wanted but Mark Richt will be the first to tell a kid that if he would rather go to another school then Georgia is not the place for you. Even though this guy is really short for a defensive back he wouldn’t be a four or five star if he wasn’t able to overcome any perceived handicap for being short.
I hope he signs with Georgia but if he go’s elsewhere I wish him luck and happiness. We certainly don’t want any recruit at Georgia who doesn’t want to be here.
It’s going to be hard for any recruit to not come to Georgia after the great year we are going to have and for any defensive back the possibility of playing next year is great with as many as 12 or 13 on the defensive side leaving after this season.

Stinger 2

September 13th, 2012
3:56 am

If he is 100% committed, why bother to visit another school? Does he just like to go somewhere? It is classic talking out of both sides of your mouth at the same time.

Neutral

September 13th, 2012
5:40 am

Seems like you are taking advantage of other schools if you visit them while 100% committed to another college. I agree with Stinger on this one.

Dekalb Fan

September 13th, 2012
6:09 am

I am sure Shaq is a real talent. Best DB in the state? Miller Grove Jr. CB Quentin Turner is a superb CB as well.

Dewnsav

September 13th, 2012
6:10 am

I don’t blame him…you’re only 17 once…go take a visit, be treated like a king, have pretty girls all over you, jock sniffers telling you how great you are…in the end hopefully he’ll come to UGA…and if he doesn’t someone else will fill that scholarship…go dogs

Destin Dawg

September 13th, 2012
6:14 am

5 foot 9″ 161 lbs… ???? vs. a 6 foot 3 ” 210 lbs. W.R. really ????

Neutral

September 13th, 2012
6:56 am

What I hate most about this is the UGa coaches have to spend more time worrying about this guy….even though he says he is 100% committed. In the long run the coaches are catering to him when they could be recruiting other players…..thus Shaq is hurting UGa’s recruiting and himself in the long run if he sticks with his commitment. I wish he would spend his Saturdays recruiting for his future team instead of visiting other colleges.

53½ arrests in four years

September 13th, 2012
7:17 am

With so many arrests, it’s hard to keep up with the numbers. How many dawgs are on probation at this time?

bad brad

September 13th, 2012
7:18 am

Last Friday Sandy Creek put Wiggins in man to man on Newnan’s star Trey Matthews and he shut him down.

Spike

September 13th, 2012
7:27 am

I don’t see where Tech is listed as any of his official visits. No interest in Tech, huh? Imagine that.

Mott

September 13th, 2012
7:48 am

The guy has figured out that going to UGA means playing with a bunch of illiterate, undisciplined goons and having 3rd rate coaching.

He’s made a wise choice to run away from Athens.

7576DAWG

September 13th, 2012
8:04 am

Most 5′9″ defensive back’s would have trouble in the SEC because their are so many 6′3″ plus receivers. Apparently, Grantham doesn’t have any reservation that Wiggins can get the job done.

kerryb

September 13th, 2012
8:06 am

Trey Matthews is a safety. How did he guard a safety?

SimpleDawg

September 13th, 2012
8:07 am

5′9″. 161 lbs…..?

Kinda small to be fretting over where he goes to school…… Must have a 50″ vertical.

kerryb

September 13th, 2012
8:08 am

Mott
September 13th, 2012
7:48 am

The guy has figured out that going to UGA means playing with a bunch of illiterate, undisciplined goons and having 3rd rate coaching.

He’s made a wise choice to run away from Athens.

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Where did you read in that article that he was running away? He said he was taking some free trips like a lot of recruits do. Take them when they’re free when you can. That’s what I read. I read that he was 100% committed to Georgia so stop being stupid.

CubanDawg

September 13th, 2012
8:28 am

@ 53½ arrests in four years, here you go LYING again. List the names of the 53½ arrested players or change your handle. LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NoGaGator

September 13th, 2012
8:51 am

UF is already about full at DB with 1-5* and 2-4*. They may take 1 more between Harris, Alexander and Ramsey but that would be it.

Bazooka Joe

September 13th, 2012
9:01 am

I have no problem with him visiting other schools – schools use the kids all the time, why not do the same to them a little ? Heck get a trip paid for on the other schools dime. Most of these kids have never been to most of these places (or traveled much at all) so let them enjoy it.

Vampire Bill

September 13th, 2012
9:05 am

Let the kid have his fun. He’s worked hard for it. If the schools are willing to host him knowing he’s committed then it’s all good. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

kingdaddy

September 13th, 2012
9:18 am

Moot
We already thought you were an idiot, now we know for sure. Grow-up boy…

The 53 fantasy

September 13th, 2012
9:27 am

No documentation ever given. Logical assumption: made up by someone who is a fan of a lesser school/football program.

A person SMART enough to know.....

September 13th, 2012
9:53 am

Maybe the name needs to be changed from COMMITTED TO to Pledged To.
In a frat a pledge can drop his pledge at any time and the Frat can dump the pledge at any time as well.
Reading about the Printz UCLA situation shows the bad side for the Coaches but the Nkemdichi situations is the bad side from the players.

Change the Word to PLEDGE not commitment.

pledge   [plej] Show IPA noun, verb, pledged, pledg·ing.
noun
1.a solemn promise or agreement to do or refrain from doing something: a pledge of aid; a pledge not to wage war.
2.something delivered as security for the payment of a debt or fulfillment of a promise, and subject to forfeiture on failure to pay or fulfill the promise.
3.the state of being given or held as security: to put a thing in pledge.
4.Law .
a.the act of delivering goods, property, etc., to another for security.
b.the resulting legal relationship.
5.something given or regarded as a security.

A person SMART enough to know.....

September 13th, 2012
10:22 am

Vasser
Branden Smith
Crowell
Brandon Wood
Carli Shultis female soccer hash browns in pants
Sanders Commings
Dontavius Jackson
Tavarres King
Vince Vance
Trinton Sturdivant
Justin Anderson

That is just 10 I found with little effort.

UGA Insider

September 13th, 2012
11:07 am

You can tell UGA has a good team by all of the haters that come out on these blogs. UGA will be a top 5 team in the country in the next few weeks! This is going to be a undefeated regular season I think.

Book it!

cdpridg

September 13th, 2012
11:25 am

And the Dawgs are going to just keep on winning and winning and winning. What do you fans of other schools think about that?!??

cdpridg

September 13th, 2012
11:25 am

And the Dawgs are going to just keep on winning and winning and winning. What do you fans of other schools think about that?!??

cdpridg

September 13th, 2012
11:25 am

And the Dawgs are going to just keep on winning and winning and winning. What do you fans of other schools think about that?!??

harold

September 13th, 2012
11:27 am

HE WOULD CONTRIBUTE IMMEDIATELY AT TENNESSEE AND PLAY IN FRONT OF A TENTH OF A MILLION RABID FANS A WEEK.

DOOLEY IS HEADING NORTH ON ROCKY TOP AND AND STOLE CHRIS PATTERSON FROM UGA.

SHAQ MAY GO TO THE SCHOOL ERIC BERRY AND PEYTON MANNING CHOSE!

Dawg Tired

September 13th, 2012
11:35 am

Here we go again. maybe we’ll get lucky like we did Da’Flip.

Mr. Webster

September 13th, 2012
11:35 am

Perhaps ALL recruits should be required to read my book before making any comments to coaches. They should all start with the definition of the word “Commitment”.

Good suggestion above – sounds like this young man is “Pledged”, but in no way is he committed.

JPS

September 13th, 2012
12:07 pm

Fact: Kids who are 100% Committed have changed their minds, thus the four schools are glad to host him

Also Fact: Kids have been 100% committed, visited schools and did not waiver. Great experience!

Anyone who thinks that he should not take these visits, please speak up. And then go ask Eddie Printz who verbally committed to UCLA if he wishes he would have taken his visits.

big dawg

September 13th, 2012
12:28 pm

This dude is so disrepectful…. Committed 100% to noone… a true dawg doesnt look at other schools….

Bama in Atlanta

September 13th, 2012
12:53 pm

I think the reason most recruits want to make all their official visits even if they have committed is that it’s like a free vacation. Colleges can reimburse recruits for transportation, lodging and meals for official visits so why not get a free trip if someone else is willing to pay?

UGA24-7

September 13th, 2012
12:59 pm

HAROLD—WHO IS CHRIS PATTERSON

00mpa L00mpa dawg

September 13th, 2012
1:00 pm

Why are we continuing to recruit dwarves?

southgadawg

September 13th, 2012
1:22 pm

I have no problem with a recruit taking all theirs visits. It is a once in a lifetime chance. They can see other places, campuses and coaches. That is not the problem, the problem is that they should do all that, but do it BEFORE they commit to any school. Once you make a COMMITMENT it is just that. When you commit you are a visual representative of that school to other recruits. If you are truely commited you should want all other recruits to come to YOUR school of choice. If you are constantly visiting other schools, who can you truely expect a recruit you are trying to convince to join at your school of choice to do so. That recruit has no true indication you are going to attend that said school.

I believe Shaq IS committed to UGA, but what about that guy looking around at, say Bama, FL, SC,TN and UGA? Say Shaq is trying to convince this said recruit to join him at UGA, but this recruit sees Shaq taking visits elsewhere, the recruit probably thinks Shaq isnt very convinced. Why if you were that recruit would you listen to what Shaq is saying about UGA? This applies to any school and their commentments.

So take ALL your visits THEN make your commitment to wherever you would like to attend school and play football.

BullDawg

September 13th, 2012
1:23 pm

How is that “Flip” working out for you now Tenn ?

brick

September 13th, 2012
2:03 pm

I wouldn’t mind if he gets blown away and flips to somewhere, nor do I think UGA’s staff.

GB's Hamburgers

September 13th, 2012
2:21 pm

He’s pretty small in a league featuring taller and taller receivers. And DBs still have to tackle those big backs. Maybe he’ll flip to Florida and 6′5″ Marlon Brown with light him up.

Tampa Gator

September 13th, 2012
2:21 pm

Florida will take maybe one more CB recruit….and that recruit would most likely come from the state of Florida. Wiggins…if some things don’t fall Florida’s way….could be a signing day switch from Georgia. But I doubt that will happen. I think his flirting with the Gators and other schools is just to get to go on free trips.

milking it

September 13th, 2012
3:08 pm

Free vacations…that’s all it is. Should try a trip to stanford, washington, west point, arizona, miami.
all scenic destinations. why not, he’s 100% commited, right?

Walker, Texas Ranger

September 13th, 2012
3:51 pm

Why does Eddie Printz Jr. use Jr., is his dad famous? Was he on Chico and the Man?

Texas Dawg

September 13th, 2012
4:14 pm

I agree with @southgadawg 100 percent. I think that any kid (football player or otherwise) who has a chance to visit American universities for free ought to take full advantage of that. But why do all of these guys suddenly realize that’s a good idea only AFTER they make their commitment or pledge or whatever you want to call it to UGA? Just keep your mouth shut, take your visits and THEN say where you’re going after you seen all there is to see. Moreover, though, why does it seem like it’s always the UGA commits who suddenly get cold feet and decide that want to look around? Nkimdeche keeps talking about he’s “solid” to Clemson; same goes for Foster now at Auburn. Why is it that the kids who commit to UGA months ago, suddenly get to want to look around (Henry, the kid out of Florida, pops immediately to mind)?

Douglas

September 13th, 2012
4:19 pm

Yes Sweetie…I really do want to marry you…but let me have sex with a few more women before we get married. Is that OK with you? Typical of this generation. Yep..and they learned it best from their parents.