Star OL's Family Talks Up The Pack

NC State is keeping a watchful eye on OL Kevin Wiggins from Washington, DC. We've got the latest on his top schools and how he feels about NC State.

The Pack always places a premium on landing offensive linemen and 2004 will be no different. One of the east coast's biggest linemen is Kevin Wiggins from Dunbar High School in Washington, DC.

At 6-7, 320 pounds and boasting 5.2-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Wiggins is a mammoth left tackle that blocked his way to all-city, all-metro and Golden 11 team honors. Dunbar head coach Craig Jefferies told earlier this year, "Kevin is a big guy at 6-foot-7. 320 pounds. He does a great job in pass pro. He has great flexibility, and a great punch. A lot of people that have seen him love the fact that he explodes off the ball."

Wiggins added that he feels he excels at both run and pass blocking although the door is always open for improvement.

"I think my overall game is pretty good but I feel like I can down block and drive block well. I think my pass blocking is good. I mean, everything can be improved but I feel I can pass block with the best of them. I want to get stronger over the summer before my senior season."

So far Wiggins has earned scholarship offers from Maryland, Pittsburgh and Kent State. He's already camped at Maryland and hopes to impress the Florida State coaches as he'll be in Tallahassee this week for camp with the Noles.

Wiggins says he isn't leaning to any particular school currently and considers himself still in the evaluation process but did name Miami, Florida State, Maryland, NC State, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech as schools he has the most interest in right now.

NC State is somewhat of a new addition to Wiggins' list but have piqued the big man's interest, due at least in part to some family connections in North Carolina.

"I know that State has had a good program over the last several years and I know they won some bowl games back to back," said Wiggins. "I've got a lot of family down there in Raleigh and Nash County and they were telling me how good the program was. If I get an offer I'm definitely planning on taking a visit but right now I'm not sure about when we may come down."

Whatever school hopes to land his commitment will have to act fast as Wiggins is planning on making a college decision sometime during his season. He has at least a few things he'll be considering before he reaches a decision.

"I'm looking for a school that's not too far from home," he said. I'm also looking for a program where I can get a good education. I don't really care about starting right away but I don't want to sit either."

Wiggins has been rated a three-star prospect by and the No. 7 player in the Maryland/DC area.

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