"The only thing that goes through my mind is winning and working hard," Wiggins said. "That's all that matters at this point and that's all I'm focused on."
Including Francis and Wiggins, Hillside returns several key players from a team that reached the third round of the NCHSAA 4A playoffs a year ago, losing to eventual champion Scotland County.
"Skill-wise, that's not even a question – we have skill players," Francis said. "We're working on our line right now and they're getting better – that's offense and defense. They're working hard every day and that's what we need."
Outside of Wiggins possibly picking up return duties, not much will change for the two future Tar Heels. Francis, who rushed for 2,260 yards and 31 touchdowns on 301 carries, will continue to be a ground threat at running back, while Wiggins will remain a force on defense from his safety position.
In early February, Francis and Wiggins became the first members of UNC's 2013 verbal commitment list. Both haven't ruled out the possibility of visiting other schools – Wiggins has actually already visited other schools, including Clemson and Duke.
Francis was in Chapel Hill on Friday for UNC's first preseason practice.
"It was a good practice," Francis said. "It was their first, so of course there are going to be some jagged edges they need to smooth out. They're way better than they were during spring practice with their tempo and learning the offense."
Francis plans to be at most of UNC's home football games this fall. Wiggins also plans to be a regular in Kenan Stadium.
"I'm going to make sure I get to a few of the games," Wiggins said. "I don't know which ones. I have to work it around my football schedule and family functions."
Both said they communicate regularly with UNC primary recruiter Randy Jordan.