Offers Coming In For Play-Making Junior

Shaq Wiggins

Sandy Creek cornerback/receiver Shaquille Wiggins talks about recruiting and his junior season.

Tyrone, Ga.-–Junior cornerback Shaquille Wiggins is on a team full of prospects at Sandy Creek High School. Four senior prospects have already committed to BCS schools, and now Wiggins is pulling in offers from BCS schools.

"I have several offers right now," Wiggins explained. "My latest one was from Tennessee. I have Ohio State, Michigan, Cincinnati, Ball State, Toledo and Ohio. I got those by going up there to their camps. I'm hearing from a lot of schools like Alabama, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, LSU, a lot of schools."

The Tennessee offer came after the closest game of the season for Sandy Creek, a 13-10 victory over Eastside which improved their record to 5-0 after an undefeated season in 2010 and a one-loss state championship in 2009.

"I scored the game-winning touchdown then went on defense and got a pick to seal the deal," Wiggins said of the Eastside game. He scored from 73 yards out with just under a minute remaining. "I ran a post and Jaquay Williams ran a post-corner. They had the safety guessing, and he went with JaQuay. Cole Garvin threw the ball and I ran for a touchdown."

Of the Tennessee offer, Wiggins said, "I talked to Coach (Lance) Thompson and he was telling me how good of a player and how good of a kid I was. He was saying that I need to stay focused and stay in my books. He told me to come up there and see how I like it.

"I want to weigh my options out," he said, "but I plan on committing during the start of my senior season so I won't have to worry about what college I want to go to so I can have a comfortable senior season. I'm looking for a school with a good environment, good people around me, my DB coach telling how I fit in with the team, how I can come, and just not recruiting me because every other school is recruiting me."

Florida State is actually my dream school," he continued. "If Florida State offered they would be one of my favorites. Most of my offers will probably come after my junior season, but if Florida State doesn't offer there are plenty of schools out there that I can look at."


Wiggins is shown in pregame warm-ups against Locust Grove.

As for now, Wiggins has bigger things on his mind than recruiting. The Patriots are the #1 team in Georgia AAA at 6-0.

"If we keep practicing hard in practice, don't let anything by us, don't let any team think they're better than us, keep playing hard and keep the team chemistry, keep going back to state and go for the three-peat," Wiggins said.

Wiggins had another big game last Friday as Sandy Creek defeated Locust Grove 42-0. He had a pair of scores in the first half, including one on Locust Grove's first possession.

"We were in cover 2 (zone), and our defense is based out of cover 2," he explained. "I get to see everything and all of the routes the receivers run. It was there in my face and I made a play on the ball. The defensive line caused the hurried throw."

Wiggins ran back the interception 30 yards for a touchdown, giving the Patriots a 14-0 lead less than two minutes into the contest.

In the second quarter up 28-0 Wiggins was in the right spot at the right time when a Patriots linebacker drilled the Locust Grove quarterback on an option pitch.

"He hit the quarterback as he was running," Wiggins explained. "He pitched the ball and he didn't see where he was pitching the ball and the ball was just in the air. I caught it and scored the touchdown.

"We know that they're an option team and we had been practicing all week for the option," he added. "We see it every day in practice. We just made a play on the ball."

Sandy Creek head coach Chip Walker explains Wiggins in one short phrase—"play-maker."

"That was his seventh interception of the year in six games," Wiggins said after the game. "That's the first one he's taken back for a touchdown, and of course he picked the fumble up. He always seems to make things happen. Last week he had the big touchdown reception to win the game for us. He's a football player. He's a play-maker. If the ball is around he makes plays.

"There's no doubt that the best thing that he does is man coverage," Wiggins added. "But he can do anything. He's gotten better at stopping the run, he picked a ball off tonight in zone coverage. He can do anything on the football field. He's electric with the ball in his hands."

At 5-10, 170 pounds, Wiggins ran a 4.5 40 at an Ohio State camp over the summer. He's a multi-sport athlete at Sandy Creek.

"I play basketball," he said. "I might play baseball, but I doubt it. My two sports are usually just football and basketball. I ran track for two years. As a matter of fact, I might run track after football this year, my junior season."

To watch highlights of Wiggins versus Locust Grove, click the link below.

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