Thursday, January 3, 2013
Gamecocks make push for CB Wiggins
By Kipp Adams
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- ESPN 150 cornerback Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) has been committed to the University of Georgia for more than 10 months, but when asked this week at Under Armour All-America Game practice about his future, Wiggins did not sound so certain about his plans.
“I am still committed to UGA, but there is a very good chance that if I don’t go to Georgia, that I go to South Carolina,” Wiggins said. “After that it is Ole Miss, then Florida, then Texas A&M.”
The Gamecocks have emerged as a true threat to steal Wiggins, the No. 5 cornerback prospect in the country, from the Bulldogs.
“South Carolina, with secondary coach [Grady] Brown, has a defensive back my size starting in Victor Hampton, and they need defensive backs just like Georgia does,” Wiggins said. “Both South Carolina and Georgia could be a good fit for me.”
A factor that has come to the forefront with Wiggins is which program makes him feel that, regardless of his size, he will have an opportunity to get on the field in 2013.
“It is really important for me to find a school that is willing to give me a real chance to play as a freshman,” Wiggins said. “I know I need to get bigger and get in the weight room, but I think with my skill set I could help next year.”
Wiggins has officials planned to South Carolina on Jan. 11, Florida on Jan. 18, Ole Miss on Jan. 25 and Texas A&M on Feb. 1. He expects to know where he wants to go after he takes a few of those trips. As UA Game practices wrapped up, though, Wiggins said recruiting is not a hot topic among the players. But he did give his take on where he feels the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker prospect is leaning.
“We talk about recruiting somewhat, but I think everybody’s mind is pretty much made up,” Wiggins said. “I think it is pretty much Georgia or Auburn for Reuben Foster. I think if Dee Liner switches from Auburn then Reuben will not go to Auburn either.”