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Georgia commits looking elsewhere?

1/7/2013

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia has the nation’s second largest recruiting class with 30 prospects verbally committed to for the Class of 2013, despite having had four decommitments in the last year. The Bulldogs are hoping to add six more targets and to sign the largest class Mark Richt has ever had. But will the 30 recruits verbally committed to Georgia stick? Recent history says no.

So who could flip? That is tough to gauge but we thought we would examine a few players that have been rumored to be looking around.

CB Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) -- The No. 5 ranked cornerback is also Georgia’s highest rated commitment. Wiggins has been a tireless recruiter for the Bulldogs, trying to help Georgia sign as strong a class as possible. He would seem like the most solid recruit Georgia had but additions to the class have the Under Armour All-American worried.

“That is a lot of defensive backs,” Wiggins said. “Not corners so much but safeties. Recruiting is all a game and people recruit players for different reason. So I got to step back and look around so I don’t have any regrets. I really wasn’t worried about the other guys when they committed but I know Coach [Todd] Grantham prefers bigger corners.”

Wiggins is 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds. Despite his worries the ball hawk has not changed his mind yet. He spent last weekend in Athens.

“I am still 100 percent committed” Wiggins said. “I am looking at South Carolina, Florida and Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. I set all my official visits but with my schedule being so busy I had to reschedule them for after the season.”

Wiggins will take official visits to Georgia on Dec. 7, South Carolina on Jan. 11, Florida on Jan. 18 and Ole Miss on Jan. 25. Some schools are not waiting on Wiggins to visit them but are taking advantage of the in-home visitation period. Coaches from Ole Miss dropped by his house on Wednesday night and Florida’s wide receiver coach went to see him recently.

The Gators are not alone.

“I have been thinking about South Carolina lately” Wiggins said. “One thing I can say is that wherever I go, Ja’Quay [Williams] is going. We have been talking about Texas A&M too. Johnny Manziel needs to get the Heisman; I don’t care what anybody says.”

Williams is a top Georgia target at wide receiver and he played on the same Sandy Creek team as Wiggins last season before enrolling at Fork Union Military this fall. Williams took his official visit to Georgia last Friday and decommitted from Auburn on Sunday. Keeping Wiggins in the fold is even more imperative for the Bulldogs in light of Wiggins’ declaration.