It’s OFFICIAL: Longtime UGA recruit will visit South Carolina and Florida

One of UGA’s top commitments at defensive back has set up his official visits to other schools.

Two of them are UGA’s biggest SEC East rivals.

UGA has several 2013 commits that will take official visits to other schools (AJC)

UGA has several 2013 commits that say they will take official visits to other schools (AJC)

Shaq Wiggins, who has been pledged to UGA for nearly a year, will take recruiting trips to UGA next weekend, South Carolina on Jan. 11, Florida on Jan. 18, and Ole Miss on Jan. 25.

“Decision time is coming and things are getting REAL,” Wiggins said in a text message to the AJC.

When asked about the status of his UGA commitment, Wiggins replied, “Still committed.”

The 5-foot-9, 160-pounder is a little smaller than the cornerbacks that UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham traditionally recruits. However, Wiggins makes up for it with his athleticism and aggressive style of play. Wiggins is ranked as the nation’s No. 87 overall prospect by ESPN.

“I think this whole thing about size is a little overrated,” Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker said. “If they can cover, they can cover. Shaq can cover.”

The recruiting journey of Wiggins will be interesting to watch: He is close friends with WR Ja’Quay Williams, who is also considering UGA and South Carolina, among others. Williams signed with Auburn last year out of Sandy Creek but did not qualify. He is spending this year at prep school and plans to enroll at a four-year college in January. Ja’Quay de-committed from Auburn last Sunday.

Another Sandy Creek standout, junior WR Demarre Kitt, recently de-committed from UGA but says he is still considering the Bulldogs, along with Clemson and USC, among others. OL Alan Knott, a Sandy Creek senior, is committed to South Carolina, with rumors that he may pursued by UGA if the Bulldogs miss on high-profile OL targets such as Laremy Tunsil and Tyrone Crowder.

UGA has 30 commits for its 2013 recruiting, including at least two others who are projected to play cornerback. Last week, Kell High School’s Brendan Langley switched his commitment from South Carolina to UGA.

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116 comments Add your comment

OL Blues Dawg

November 29th, 2012
1:03 pm

Italian_29

November 29th, 2012
1:11 pm

Italian_29

November 29th, 2012
1:12 pm

Let him look, I don’t know about everyone else, but I want the SA that WANTS to be a Dawg.

Remarkable

November 29th, 2012
1:20 pm

We really need some BIG Ugglys on the OL. That’s where the recruiting focus is right now. OL and DL are what UGA’s looking for.

GFY

November 29th, 2012
1:20 pm

Excellent. Let him take a look. If UGA can convince a higher ranked player on their charts to come to them then use the scholly from this kid who does not actually know what committment means. This fake committment thing can work both ways.

Bullicks

November 29th, 2012
1:20 pm

Good for the kid – live a little. All Dawg in the end.

Dawg Fud

November 29th, 2012
1:20 pm

The operational definition of “committed” has changed much over the years.

Best of luck to Shaq regardless of where he chooses to enroll.

maddawg

November 29th, 2012
1:21 pm

Again – all this wasted time and effort by the schools and the kids ….. EARLY OR MULTIPLE SIGNING DATES FOLKS …. Put and end to all this madness …. Its just not necessary and nothng positive about it with the current system. Change the thinking… When your ready to commit and the school is ready commit…. let the school offer the scholly and let the kid make it official. Only exception if a coach is let go OR the recruit gets in trouble with grades or the law… Then they can back out of their commitment during their HS senior year.

deebow

November 29th, 2012
1:22 pm

Why are all these recruits even considering ole miss? Something fishy going on there….

REALIST

November 29th, 2012
1:24 pm

I believe he is taking visit because UGA got Commitment from other DB’s, and he fears its getting a little bit crowded. Fear no competition young man.

McDawg

November 29th, 2012
1:26 pm

are the JCs scaring him away

Metro Coach

November 29th, 2012
1:27 pm

30 commits? What, you mean that good man Mark Richt is gonna have to tell at least 5 young men that they don’t REAllY have scholarships to UGA? He’s gonna break their hearts just because somebody better came along? You mean to tell me he’s going to do the same thing that that dirty, lying, non-God fearing man Nick Saban does? Nevermind that Justin Taylor didn’t take care of his rehab, then went to Kentucky and redshirted anyways, or that the kid from Mobile lied to Saban about having knee surgery, went to Arkansas, and still hasn’t played a down of football. If Saban does it, its a no good, low down dirty shame. But if Mark Richt does it, no one has a problem with that?

nobody

November 29th, 2012
1:27 pm

Why does UGA always struggle with Sandy Creek guys? I just find it out. Does that coach have some weird vendetta against Richt?

Moobs Johnson

November 29th, 2012
1:28 pm

He’s 5′9″ as much as Murray is 6′1″.

commenter #9547

November 29th, 2012
1:33 pm

@ Metro, UGA is under their scholly limit, so they can sign more than 25 players to catch up.

Italian_29

November 29th, 2012
1:35 pm

What a stupid comment metro coach, CMR isn’t doing the same thing that Saban did with Justin Taylor. The Dawgs only signed 19 SA’s last year with 3 or maybe 4 being EE’s which means, according to NCAA rules, we can sign at least 35 this year. Learn some rules before you spout off and make yourself sound stupid.

Joey

November 29th, 2012
1:36 pm

Maybe Richt will withdraw our offer.

Like PJ says, if you’re still looking, we’re still looking.

The Grinch

November 29th, 2012
1:36 pm

Metro Coach
November 29th, 2012
1:27 pm

You have no clue what you’re talking about. UGA can actually sign roughly 32 players this year provided 7 of them are early qualifiers and enroll in January, like Keith Marshall for example. That would leave the infamous “25″ for this year’s class.

Come on, man, keep up.

DownInAlbany

November 29th, 2012
1:39 pm

Metro Coach

November 29th, 2012
1:27 pm

30 commits? What, you mean that good man Mark Richt is gonna have to tell at least 5 young men that they don’t REAllY have scholarships to UGA?

This includes early enrollments. Why don’t you do a little research, then you won’t have to ask stupid questions!

Know Shaq

November 29th, 2012
1:40 pm

@Moobs Johnson: Not sure about Murray, but Shaq is every bit of 5′9, pushing 5′10″.

The Grinch

November 29th, 2012
1:43 pm

commenter #9547
November 29th, 2012
1:33 pm

Italian_29
November 29th, 2012
1:35 pm

DownInAlbany
November 29th, 2012
1:39 pm

I think we’ve “enlightened” Metro Coach. :cool:

Tampa Gator

November 29th, 2012
1:46 pm

Wiggins has been “messing” with Florida for a while now. He really likes the Gators D-style and he would make a good nickel back in the defense. But he will never play corner for the Gators with the young corners Florida has. Much depends if the CB recruit from Tennessee sticks with USC or switches to Florida. But Florida is just loaded with DB talent….and it is young.

Also…..by the way…..

Marcell Harris, one of the top strong safety recruits in the country, verbally committed to the Gators this morning. He is very similar to Matt Elam in ability…but bigger and just as fast. Looks like he will have one year to play with Elam before taking over at SS….maybe…you really never know what Matt Elam is really thinking….says in one tweet he is staying at Florida….and then says in another….”Sunday playing on my mind today.”

Joey

November 29th, 2012
1:48 pm

DawgninLex (6′4″) has verified that Murray is every bit 6′1″ at picture day a couple years ago.

I’ll take his word anyday.

Especially over a dork . . .

Jadaveon Clowney

November 29th, 2012
1:55 pm

Aaron Murray is only about a foot-and-a-half tall when he’s on his back — Jadaveon Clowney

Kevin

November 29th, 2012
2:04 pm

No matter what Jadaveon Clowney did this year, except for a meaningless bowl, his season is over. Aaron Murray is still has at least one meaningful game to play.

kingdaddy

November 29th, 2012
2:10 pm

Hey Clown
How tall are you when you’re on your back? LOL, no taller than Murray…

Ron Burgundy

November 29th, 2012
2:11 pm

kingdaddy

November 29th, 2012
2:11 pm

Clown-boy
your butt still hurt much???

Kevin

November 29th, 2012
2:12 pm

Penn St lost to Bama in the 1982 regular season. And won the Nat’l. Championship. Oklahoma lost to Miami in 1986, and won . . . FSU lost to ND in 1993, and won . . . Florida lost to FSU in 1996, and won . . . LSU lost to Florida in 2003, and won . . . Florida lost to Auburn in 2006, and won . . . LSU lost to KENTUCKY and Arkansas in 2007, and won . . . Florida lost to Ole Miss in 2008, and won . . . Alabama lost to LSU in 2011, and won . . .
See, Jadaveon, lots of teams have lost a regular season game and still gone on to the ultimate prize. Don’t feel so bad if Georgia does the same thing. Just try harder against all the other teams you play next year.

Kevin

November 29th, 2012
2:14 pm

I left out at least two since 1982 – Miami lost to Florida in 1983. And to FSU in 1989. Yep, they won it all, too, both years.

Farcus

November 29th, 2012
2:17 pm

Why is this news? Why did I read this? Why am I posting? How do I get the last 3 minutes back?

Yella Britches

November 29th, 2012
2:19 pm

I thought UGA got all of their recruits from the Clarke County Detention Center……

kingdaddy

November 29th, 2012
2:29 pm

Metro
Even though you know UGA can still sign 2012 limit of 25 with EEs, you try to cheapshot Coach Richt with BULLSHIZ. I guess facts never meant much to an idiot like you. You know the truth, yet you choose to try and mislead others with misinformation. You ignore what’s been explained on these blogs thousands of times because it suits your purpose to besmirch UGA anyway you can. LOL, you sure can’t do it on the field, you loser. Good thing that most of us are smarter than you and smarter than you give us credit for…

WIN WITH RICHT

November 29th, 2012
2:31 pm

Funny how time changes things. Two years ago, Richt was on hot seat and Chizik was riding high after a 12-0 season. We could be like Auburn and Tennessee, but thank goodness we stuck with Richt.

SoCal Dawg

November 29th, 2012
2:32 pm

Too short! Let him go.

kingdaddy

November 29th, 2012
2:33 pm

Ol Yellar
Guess you get yours from the KINDERGARTEN then, cause we spank your team regularly, lol…

rw3

November 29th, 2012
2:36 pm

It’s kind of funny reading all these posts supporting richt when just a few weeks ago, after they got embarrassed by SC, all you heard was “fire richt!” etc, etc, etc

And yet here you are, again, backing your way into the SEC championship game…

I’m sure we’ll be back to the same after BAMA takes care of business on saturday.

Uh, um, say what? 5'9"??

November 29th, 2012
2:38 pm

Let him go. We need another o line commitment. frankly, 5′9″ means probably 5′7″

Go Dogs.

JB

November 29th, 2012
2:41 pm

Like to give this kid 24 hours AFTER his SC visit…..and if not sure, pull offer and find a 6′5″ 300 pound monster and move on. Gotta feeling after Saturday, win or lose, Dawgs will be turning down offers

allen

November 29th, 2012
2:44 pm

Little Baby, is scared of competition from the other Defensive Back Recruits. PUNK!

PR

November 29th, 2012
2:44 pm

Shaq has always planned on taking visits. Be in the end he’ll still be a Dawg

JB

November 29th, 2012
2:44 pm

Oh, and be warned, There are some good players in this state who WILL NOT BE OFFERED by Georgia, so when you see a headline that say’s ” So & So to Auburn or Tennessee”….don’t get excited. The bus is full. Lot’s of players flying stand by.

Um

November 29th, 2012
2:47 pm

Metro Coach – You’re clueless. Saban has oversigned and then forced kids into gray shirting. Has CMR ever done this? If you knew what you were talking about, you’d realize that it’s all about the 85 man roster rule. UGA happens to be WELL under that 85 man limit this year… meaning that as long as we sign early enrollees that will count toward last year… UGA can sign over 30 players and still be under that 85 total.

kingdaddy

November 29th, 2012
2:48 pm

rw3
Lots of us were mad at the collapse of our team. Mad at our Coaches not being prepared for the game. Obviously, SC was not that good and UGA was not that bad (UF as example) , but our coaches got it back togeather and here we are at 11-1 while the cocks are like 8-4 or something not worthy of an SEC Champion. While we are playing the SEC-CG, you can watch reruns of your insignificant victory over the Dawgs, lol. Get over it or don’t, we don’t really care, but all of your crying, just makes you seem like a little girl…

Football Guy

November 29th, 2012
2:50 pm

Uga can keep him. He’s too small.

JB

November 29th, 2012
2:53 pm

Sprurrier at the Mall this weekend Christmas Shopping……Maybe looking for a book on ” keeping a team sharp & focused all year” By Bear Bryant..

kingdaddy

November 29th, 2012
2:53 pm

Um
metro already knows the rules. He just wants to talk trash. No way he could still not know about why we can sign more,than 25. He’s just a troll…

kingdaddy

November 29th, 2012
3:02 pm

Don’t give up on Shaq. Let him have his fun. He’s a character and will be a fun guy in the locker room to help keep everybody loose. Hopefully, he’s just going to the Bachelor Party, before he gets “Hitched”…

SEC FOOTBALL

November 29th, 2012
3:03 pm

TRAY MATTHEWS IS RATED HIGHER THAN MARCELL HARRIS THAT COMMITTED TO FLORIDA!!!!!!!

Rick James

November 29th, 2012
3:06 pm

Let him look around..Georgia is not Tech his offer wont be withdrawn..Keep in Shag that you’re only 5′9 and if a taller DB who is just as good comes along…..