Shaquille Wiggins collects eight

Wake Forest fans probably have a special place in their hearts for Riley Swanson, the cornerback who made the late-game interception against Georgia Tech that lead to the game-winning field goal for the ACC championship. Lightning could strike twice with Shaquille Wiggins, a sensational junior cornerback and also from Tyrone-Sandy Creek, Ga., who recently received a Wake Forest offer.


"My offers are up to eight," said Shaquille Wiggins. "Cincinnati offered me first back in the summertime. I think it was July. My other offers are from Ohio State, Michigan, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Toledo, Ball State, and Ohio."

Wiggins has traveled to games at UGA, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia Tech. This weekend he's planning on a return visit to Athens for the UGA-Auburn game. On November 26th he's going to Ann Arbor to see the Michigan-Ohio State game in the Big House. Also on his November agenda is a trip to Wake Forest for their game with Maryland.

"Wake Forest is a good, up-and-coming program," said Wiggins. "They had a big upset of Florida State that took a lot of people by surprise. I've talked with their head coach, and he seems like a real cool guy. They're familiar with Sandy Creek, recruiting a lot of players here. The coaches talk highly of them. I'm looking forward to going up for the Maryland game."

This is Wiggins' first season at Sandy Creek. He played previously at Westlake High School in Atlanta. He's been a big factor in the Patriots 10-0 regular season. The defense has five shutouts to their credit including a 35-0 win over Charles R. Drew in the Great American Football Classic played at the Georgia Dome.

"My ball skills have improved this season," Wiggins said. "I'm doing better at sticking with my receiver. I have nine interceptions so far. In the game with Drew, I had three picks. They use me some at wide receiver. I have a little over 100 receiving yards and two touchdowns. This week we start the playoffs with Butler, a team from Augusta."

Going into the playoffs, Sandy Creek has won 39 games in a row and are trying to win a third straight Georgia AAA state championship. However the playoffs is something new for Wiggins. Westlake was only 3-7 last year.

"I came to Sandy Creek in the spring of my sophomore year," said Wiggins. "It's a much different program from Westlake. It's more serious. The coaches are always teaching you new ways to get better. The team goals are higher with all the winning they've been doing. I'm learning a lot. It's been a pretty good transition for me."

Wiggins, 5-foot-10, 160-pounds, may skip basketball after the season to focus on the weight room. He'll also consider offers and likely gaining some more.

"I want to go to a college with the kind of coaches I'm most comfortable with," Wiggins said. "My relationship with the DB coach and how I interact with him is very important. I want to know that he wants me there because he thinks I'm a good player and not because some of the other schools he's competing against have offered me.

"Finding a defense that fits my style of play with a lot of man-to-man coverage and some cover 2 down the middle will be something I'll be considering as well."

The Sandy Creek Patriots will look to become just the 4th school in Georgia High School football history to win 40 straight in Friday's game with Butler. Wiggins wears No. 21 for the Patriots the same one he wore for Westlake.

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