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.
“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.
“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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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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