After redshirting at Georgia Tech, Dante Wigley transferred to and honed his skills at Holmes C.C., and he is now rated as the fourth best Junior College defensive back prospect in the country. The long and aggressive defensive back took time out to talk with BuffStampede.com about his decision to commit to CU:
First off, what sold you on committing to Colorado over the other FBS programs that offered you a scholarship?
Dante Wigley: "They came on late, it was around two weeks ago they offered me, but I decided to go on a visit. I had never been to Colorado so I didn't know much about it but when I went out there, I loved the school, I loved the city. It just felt great. And then they told me they were losing three of their top defensive backs and I would have a chance to come in and start right away. So that is a real plus for me coming from JUCO. Wherever you go, you want that opportunity to start. And they are ranked eighth in the nation. They have a show called 'The Rise,' and I was watching that, really enjoying that. Their coaches have treated me real well, and they basically separated themselves from every other school I have an offer from."
Was it on your official visit that you knew Colorado is where you wanted to transfer to, or did it take some time after the trip for that to sink in?
"I told myself I wasn't going to commit on any of my official visits because every official visit is great. But on my trip to Colorado, I was like, 'Man, I really love this place. I want to commit.' But I promised myself I wouldn't do that during a visit. I went home and continued to think about it. I thought about Colorado and I thought about the other schools that offered me, and Colorado definitely came out on top so I am excited."
What assistant coach was primarily recruiting you from the Buffaloes' staff?
"Really, all of them. Coach 'Mac' and Coach Clark were in contact with me every day after they offered me."
Was there anything specific that stood out about your official visit out to Colorado?
"I chose a good week to visit Colorado because it was one of the biggest games they had played in a while, playing Utah to go to the Pac-12 Championship. It was a great environment and the game was really fun."
Who was your player host and what did you learn by hanging out with him?
"A receiver named Juwann [Winfree] was my player host. He went to Maryland first, and then he went to Coffeyville, kind of did the same thing I did. He loves it up there. He told me everything I wanted to hear. It was just a perfect overall visit to be honest."
What did Colorado say they like about you as a player, why they see you fitting in and possibly taking one of those vacated defensive back spots?
"They see me as the next 'Chido' (Chidobe Awuzie). That is what they told me. So I will be playing nickel and corner. They like how physical I am. I am a very aggressive corner that likes to come down to hit. They like that."
If someone hadn't seen you play before and they came to watch you, what would you want to stand out to them about you as a player?
"My passion for the game and my aggression. I am just a real aggressive guy on the football field. I am very competitive."
After enrolling at Georgia Tech initially, what do you feel the Junior College experience did for you, on and off the field?
"It benefited me in every single way because there is nothing to do our here but play football and go to school. So it makes you focus on what is important. And football wise, I believe Mississippi JUCO is up there with D-1 schools. I went against great competition all year. So I feel like I experienced a lot."