Monday, February 4, 2013
Coach's take: Jonathan Wiggins
By Sam Khan Jr.
"Coach's take" is a series which allows GigEmNation to offer readers a closer look at the incoming recruits in Texas A&M's 2013 class by visiting with someone who coached the player or coached against him. Today, we take a look at Houston/Alief Taylor safety Jonathan Wiggins by visiting with his head coach, J.D. Jordan.
Jonathan Wiggins plays with smarts and is physical, according to his high school coach.
The 6-foot-2 195-pound Wiggins, is a three-star prospect who is ranked as the No. 33 safety in the country. He helped the Lions to an 8-4 record and a second-round appearance in the Texas Class 5A Division I state playoffs. For the season, Wiggins finished with 111 tackles (61 solo), six tackles for loss, nine pass breakups, seven forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Here's Jordan's take on Wiggins:
GigEmNation: What was your first impression of Wiggins when he entered your program?
J.D. Jordan: "We knew as a sophomore that he was going to be pretty special. He already had pretty good height. Initially, we thought he might fit into one of our linebacker positions because of his size, but he ended up fitting real good into the safety position. The size just helps when he tackles, he makes good decisions."
GEN: What are his biggest strengths?
JJ: "He's very physical. He's very smart. And he's athletic. Those are things you want in a football player, especially in the secondary."
GEN: What are the areas he needs work in as he transitions to the college level?
JJ: "Probably having a little more movement in his hips. We don't get as much quality time on some of those things as he'll get in the future at A&M. He's just so big, he's bigger than everybody else. I think that might even help because he'll be matching up with kids close to his own size."
GEN: How do you see him fitting into the SEC and at Texas A&M?
JJ: "I think he'll fit in real well in the SEC. He's a big body who can run well and does an excellent job tackling. I see him as a big physical safety that's going fit in great in the SEC with A&M. He can come up and make a tackle and [the ballcarrier] is going down. He brings a lot of force."
GEN: What will be your lasting memory of him as a player?
JJ: "His demeanor. He has a great demeanor. He's very competitive. He's kind of a quiet leader. Just a great work ethic, great kid, great personality, great teammate. He's one of those All-American kids that does many things well. I wish we had 11 more like him."
GEN: What's he like off the field?
JJ: "Great kid, good student. Never any off-the-field issues. A&M's got a good one right there."