When 2013 defensive back Shaq Wiggins heard the news of his teammate Demarre Kitt getting an offer Saturday from Georgia, he knew he should have been in Athens as well. After making 35 tackles, nine interceptions and 10 pass break ups last year, Wiggins picked up offers from 10 schools, but he still did not see No. 11 coming.
“Demarre got an offer and they called me telling me I was so dumb for not going and that they were trying to offer me,” Wiggins said. “So I called Coach [Rodney] Garner and he said they were looking for me all day. I know they all came by the school this week and told my coaches they wanted to offer me this weekend, but I did not think they were being serious. I guess they were sticking to their word, so Garner was ribbing me pretty good for not going. Then I spoke to Coach [Scott] Lakatos and he said they wanted to offer me today at the school.”
Wiggins was caught off guard by the news.
“It feels great because I did not expect Georgia to be so early,” Wiggins said. “I am kind of shocked, really.”
Although Wiggins’ parents are not from Georgia, he knows they will be equally excited to hear of his new opportunity to attend college.
“It means a lot to me and my family; my mom and dad are from New Orleans, so they like LSU,” Wiggins said, “but I took them to Athens once and they liked the facilities, the environment and the education. It is great to know I can attend the University of Georgia and play on one of the big-time football teams.”
Wiggins intends to make the trip up to Georgia in two weeks for the Dawgs' next junior day, and expressed sincere interest in considering the Bulldogs going forward.
“Hopefully, me and Lakatos will connect when I visit, and I plan on being up there more than once before the end of the summer,” Wiggins said. “I think Georgia has a great 2012 class, and they are going to go back and have another big season and snag some big recruits in my class. I could see myself looking really close at them.”
Wiggins also knows Georgia has made a big impression on his younger teammate, who has been waiting patiently in the wings for his chance to emerge as the next big prospect at the loaded Sandy Creek program.
“Demerre actually said Coach Richt offered him, and they took some pictures and he sounded really happy when he called,” Wiggins said. “He saw me and Ja’Quay [Williams] getting offers, and we always told him his were coming. I bet he does not even go to sleep tonight and he will probably wear Georgia gear all next week.”
The junior defensive back spoke highly of Kitt’s ability, as well as his character.
“He is an athlete that runs great routes, and he will always make you maximize your reps in the weight room or practicing head to head,” Wiggins said. “He is a great guy and someone who works hard to help the team.”
In an interesting twist, Wiggins also got a call from another Sandy Creek standout Georgia is hoping to bring to Athens.
“I am a little confused at Ja'Quay Williams,” Wiggins said. “He called me from Auburn when he heard about Demarre got his offer and said, "You need to go up there and get that offer so me, you and Demarre can play together at UGA!"
When he said that I was shaking my head like “huh?”