UNC became the first school to offer Wiggins, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound safety, a scholarship. But he was receiving interest from most ACC schools, plus Florida, Minnesota, and Tennessee.
"I just loved the atmosphere, going to the game, following Carolina football, knowing their reputation for putting guys in the league, and I just felt like it was a great program," Wiggins said.
Wiggins first appeared on UNC's recruiting board under the previous staff after his performance at the Tar Heels' Battle of the Hill Seven-on-Seven passing tournament last summer.
"When I [returned] for a football game, the coaches told me that they liked me and they fell in love with me," Wiggins said. "Coach Marcus Berry told me I might have something coming my way from them."
That something arrived this past Signing Day when UNC offered.
"Coach Randy Jordan talked to me and said they were thinking about it for a long time," Wiggins said. "He said they fell in love with my tape and they liked my character and wanted me to be a Tar Heel. He also invited me to the UNC-Duke [basketball] game."
As a UNC basketball fan, Wiggins immediately accepted the invitation. And despite the outcome, the game more than lived up to his expectations.
"It was exciting – it was great," Wiggins said. "It came down to the wire. They didn't pull it out, but that was a big shot – what can you do?"
Despite the hype for the game and its dramatic finish, it wasn't the highlight of Wiggins' visit on Wednesday.
"I'd say hanging out in the lounge and talking to Coach Fedora and getting to know everything, that was really the highlight," Wiggins said.
As a junior, Wiggins was an All-Conference and All-Area selection for Hillside, one of the top football programs in the state.
"He has good size and build, and he just plays all over the place," Hillside head coach Antonio King said. "He's a smart football player – probably one of the smartest I've coached. He has huge upside. He has the ability to come down and guard the slot receiver. He could play some corner, he could be a nickel [back], free or strong safety."