Monday, January 28, 2013
Introducing the class: Jonathan Wiggins
By Sam Khan Jr.
By signing day, nearly a year will have passed since Jonathan Wiggins committed to Texas A&M.
"Introducing the class" is a series in which GigEmNation conducts a Q&A session with each of the incoming recruits in Texas A&M's 2013 class to give readers a closer look at each recruit individually. Today, we visit with Houston/Alief Taylor safety Jonathan Wiggins.
Wiggins is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound safety who committed to Texas A&M early. He gave the Aggies his pledge on Feb. 19, 2012. A three-star prospect, Wiggins is ranked No. 33 nationally among safeties. He helped lead Alief Taylor to an 8-4 record and a second-round appearance in the Texas Class 5A Division I state playoffs, where it fell to eventual state finalist Houston/Lamar.
In 2012, Wiggins finished with 111 tackles (61 solo), six tackles for loss, nine pass breakups, seven forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Here's our Q&A with Wiggins, who completed his official visit to Texas A&M on Sunday:
GigEmNation: What made you commit to Texas A&M?
Jonathan Wiggins: "They're in the SEC, they're close to home. It's a great team; they have a good new coaching staff. A lot of them came from [Houston], and they had great success down there."
GEN: What first made you take up football?
JW: "I've been playing football or flag football since I was about 6. It was just something that my dad was big on. I used to watch it all the time when I was little. So I tried it out, and I liked it ever since."
GEN: What has life been like since your commitment?
JW: "It has slowed down a little more. Fewer college coaches coming at me and stuff. I heard from a lot of schools, even after I committed. But I stayed distant from them and eventually, I stopped hearing from them for awhile."
GEN: Describe your first meeting with Kevin Sumlin. What was your first impression?
JW: "My first meeting with him was when they offered me. He's a down to earth guy, real cool."
GEN: Do you have a favorite memory of Texas A&M yet, either from your trip or from watching them this season?
JW: "Just the craziness of the crowd. I got to see that when I went to the Thanksgiving game [in 2011] against Texas. It was really loud."
GEN: What's your goal when you get to Texas A&M?
JW: "When I get there, of course I want to play, but I'm going to have to work hard at it in order to get on the field. My coach [Marcel Yates] was talking to me about not redshirting because of my size. I'm just going to work at getting better so I can play. A lot of people like to redshirt their freshman year. Coming in as a true freshman, it'll help my intensity."
GEN: Who has been the biggest influence on your success?
JW: "I would say my parents. They're very supportive, and the coaches, they're real helpful with me."
GEN: What's your favorite thing to do outside of football?
JW: "I like to play video games a lot, just like everybody else and hang out with friends. I play a lot of Madden and Halo, stuff like that."
GEN: If you weren't a football player, what sport would you play?
JW: "I would probably run track. I still do run track. I run the 4x100 [relay] and the 4x200 [relay]."
GEN: What's on your pre-game music playlist?
JW: "I don't listen to music before games. My teammates hassle me about it. I just like to focus, and I don't like having music in my head. I try to visualize myself getting tackles or breaking up passes."
GEN: How have your accomplishments changed your life?
JW: "Just playing football, period, has helped me out socially. I used to be really quiet, and it has helped me to open up a little more. The success has brought more attention to me."
GEN: Biggest highlight in your playing career?
JW: "I like hitting people. All the big hits I've gotten, if I could compile those, that would be my biggest highlight."
GEN: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
JW: "If I have the chance to go pro, I would do that. But in 10 years, I probably see myself in the suburbs with a career in geology or something like that."
Major: "I'm going to try to major in geoscience or agricultural science. Or maybe finance."
Favorite food: Italian.
Favorite car: BMW.
Favorite NFL player: "I like Ray Lewis, and I liked Ronnie Lott back in the day. And Sean Taylor. [Lewis] is a real intense guy. He's been in the league for 17 years and brings a lot of intensity to his team. His pregame speeches give me goosebumps. [Taylor] he could hit, real hard. And Ronnie Lott, my dad was always talking about him and showed me clips. I liked his style."