Thursday, January 17, 2013
ESPN 150 CB Wiggins makes decision
By Kipp Adams and Radi Nabulsi
Sunday, ESPN 150 cornerback Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) returned from an official visit to South Carolina. Later that evening he received a call from Mark Richt. The Georgia head coach asked if he should be worried about Wiggins changing his commitment from Georgia to the Gamecocks. Wiggins told Richt no, but that he still planned to take visits to Florida and Texas A&M.
After an in-home visit with Richt on Wednesday night, that is no longer the case.
“I had a good talk with Coach Richt and Coach [Scott] Lakatos,” Wiggins said. “Coach Richt doesn’t want me to take any more official visits. He asked me if I felt UGA was the place I wanted to be and I told him yes. I talked it over with my parents and got their blessing. I just decided not to take any more official visits so those schools won’t waste their time on me and another kid can have those offers.
After an official visit to South Carolina last week, Wiggins realized his opportunity to play in Athens, Ga., was equal to that in Columbia, S.C. The No. 6 cornerback and No. 39 overall prospect in the country says his recruitment is over.
"I just feel like leading other schools on would hurt the chances of another recruit getting that scholarship, so I just had a real conversation with my parents and decided to make my decision," Wiggins said. "I am 100 percent commited to UGA, and I just feel like UGA is the place for me."
Wiggins started wavering in his commitment shortly after the Bulldogs picked up commitments from defensive backs Brendan Langley and Kennar Johnson. He felt that Georgia might prefer taller cornerbacks. The 5-foot-10 four-star prospect thought South Carolina might provide a better chance to see the field earlier.
“If I wasn’t going to Georgia I was going to South Carolina,” Wiggins said. “I took a visit to South Carolina and it was kind of hard to tell the coaches today that I wasn’t coming to the school. Coach [Grady] Brown was disappointed. My parents talked to them too. But Georgia is just where I feel comfortable.”
Wiggins and his coach Chip Walker called all the finalists to let them know Wiggins was sticking with Georgia.
“Coach Walker called all the coaches that I was going to take an official to and told them that I wasn’t coming,” Wiggins said. “We called Coach [Wesley] McGriff at Ole Miss. Will Muschamp and I had been calling each other back and forth and I haven’t talked to him yet.”
Muschamp has been busy as earlier Thursday it was announced that Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn had been hired by the Seattle Seahawks as the new defensive coordinator there. Georgia’s defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is rumored to be a candidate for the same position with the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I heard the rumors of him going to the Eagles but I haven’t talked to him yet,” Wiggins said.
Wiggins plans to resume his role as head recruiter for the Georgia Class of 2013.
“I will talk with Montravius [Adams], Reuben [Foster] and Alvin [Kamara],” Wiggins said. “Those are guys I am close to. I can have that type of conversation with them.”
Of those three, Wiggins says Foster seems the most likely to join him in Athens.