Shaq Wiggins has been committed to the Georgia Bulldogs since last February, but the recent uptick in defensive backs for the 2013 class has Wiggins re-thinking things a bit more than Georgia fans might like to hear.
“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…” (Radi Nabulsi, “Georgia commits looking elsewhere?’, Dawgnation, 11/29/12)
There can be little doubt what Wiggins means to this class as not only a longtime commitment, but as a potential early impact guy at the next level and overall team leader as well. Even with Georgia defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos’ penchant for recruiting bigger, taller, more physical guys to play the DB spot, Wiggins, at 5’9, received an offer.The reason for that is simple: the kid can flat out play.
And while some might still be sleeping on him skill wise, in my humble opinion, there are few players in the country who have better hips and ball recognition skills than Wiggins. What he lacks in size, he more than makes up for in technical ability and instincts. Georgia wants him for a reason and I don’t expect them to allow him to get away without a fight.
That said, the recent flip of Brendan Langley, and the out-of-nowhere pick-up of JUCO corner Kennar Johnson was bound to make Wiggins think a bit more about his situation.
He stated months ago that he is committed to UGA—100 percent—but he also made it clear that he would do his due diligence to ensure he doesn’t make any mistakes with his decision. So, while it’s a bit unnerving to consider the possibility of him flipping to another school—in particular one that will play Georgia each year (Florida and South Carolina seem to be the strongest contenders)—you have to allow the process to play out as it may and, in the end, hope Wiggins remains with Georgia.