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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Dawgs Snapshot 2013: Shaq Wiggins

By Radi Nabulsi

To gear up for national signing day, DawgNation's Radi Nabulsi is breaking down every commitment in the Bulldogs' 2013 recruiting class.

Vitals: Cornerback Shaq Wiggins, Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek | 5-foot-10, 165 pounds

Committed: Feb. 10, 2012

ESPN.com grade: 87. Four-star prospect.

ESPN.com rankings: No. 39 in ESPN 150, No. 6 cornerback, No. 20 in Southeast region, No. 6 in Georgia

Picked Georgia over: South Carolina, Florida, Michigan, Texas A&M and others.

State of the position: The Bulldogs are losing starting cornerbacks Branden Smith and Sanders Commings to graduation. Sophomore Damian Swann started every game for Georgia this past season and will lock down one of the corner spots. True freshman Sheldon Dawson and redshirt freshman Devin Bowman played in almost every game but only have one start between them. The Bulldogs are thin at cornerback and need an immediate impact player.

Pros: “He is slight in stature but plays bigger. He's a quick-twitched athlete with some pop and explosion to him. His best asset may be his awareness and diagnosing skills. He excels in zone schemes and also does a great job of reading the quarterback and underneath route development out of his tight, controlled pedal. Cushions high-low routes like a seasoned veteran and jumps the pass with great timing, anticipation and transitional skills. Makes solid contact and is a physical hitter for his size. He excels in deep man coverage as well. He forces QBs to complete the difficult throw.” -- ESPN scouting report

Cons: “We do have concerns about his ability to defend the jump ball at the next level with his lack of height, but he will go up and compete, demonstrating good leaping and ball skills. There is the potential to struggle early in college in jamming and pressing bigger receivers and setting the edge on run support, but he could excel in a nickel-type role as he continues to physically develop.” -- ESPN scouting report

Similar to/potential role: Amarillo Slim. OK, maybe Slim never suited up for the Bulldogs but he was a huge gambler and won a lot more bets than he ever lost. Wiggins is cut from the same cloth. He takes chances and when he wins he wins big. When he loses, it does not shake him and he comes right back.

Expected impact: 2013. The Georgia coaches fought hard to keep Wiggins from flipping to South Carolina. If their frenzied recruitment tells us anything it is that they expect Wiggins to play a major role in the secondary next season.