Shaq Wiggins is still going to consider all of his options, but after an official visit to Georgia this past weekend, it’s clear to him that Georgia’s coaches not only want him in Athens, but have plans for him once he arrives.
A few weeks ago, Kell defensive back Brendan Langley flipped from South Carolina to Georgia in what was viewed by some as a surprise change-of-heart.
Shortly thereafter, the Bulldogs accepted another defensive back commitment from the JUCO ranks, causing Wiggins to wonder if he still fit into the Bulldogs’ future defensive plans, especially since it’s well-known that DB coach Scott Lakatos likes bigger, more physical, corners.
That said, anyone who has watched Wiggins play can see why Georgia wants him—his height and weight aside—the kid has some serious ball skills, and he’s proven he can go toe-to-toe with some of the best in the nation.
Georgia knows what they have in Wiggins, and they made a point of reminding him of as much during his official visit.
While on his visit to Athens, Wiggins was able to spend time with Coach (Todd) Grantham and Coach (Scott) Lakatos in the film room.
“There were just showing me where I would be on the defense and how much they needed me,” he said. “They were showing me how my skill set would fit into the defensive scheme, things like that.”
And, if that wasn’t enough, the sheer number of committed prospects, who were also on hand during his visit (Georgia’s senior gala was held last weekend and a fair number of prospects—both committed and not—were on hand), espoused a similar message.
“I talked to Brandon (Kubalnow) and Tray (Matthews) about everything,” he said. “Like I said we really had a bond time. We are real close. They were just making sure I stay committed. We all want to play with each other, and that was the plan from day one. They were just making sure I didn’t get sidetracked.”
Whether the sales pitch and extra attention worked is anyone’s guess as Wiggins still intends to take all of his visits—he always did. However, he remains committed to Georgia, as of now, and hopefully he remains so.