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Wiggins Declines Chance To Commit To Alabama

Cornerback Shaq Wiggins from Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Ga., surprised a few people last week when he decided to take an unofficial visit to Alabama.

Alabama coach Nick Saban tried to increase the level of surprise when he met with Wiggins.

“It was a great conversation,” Wiggins told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “and right at the end he said ‘I’ll off you a scholarship to Alabama if you commit … today.’ Then he paused, waited for a response. He took me by surprise by saying all of that.

“Then we started talking again and I just kind of told him that I was honored but I’m staying with Georgia. And it was an honor. That was Nick Saban and that will probably be a conversation that I will never forget.”

Other schools won’t forget Wiggins was willing to visit Alabama less than two weeks after he committed to Georgia.

Schools have continued to pursue Wiggins
and that won’t change anytime soon. He told MrSEC on Wednesday that close to 20 schools have offered him a scholarship. More schools are likely to come calling.

“Sometimes they ask me, ‘Are you still wide open? Do we have a chance?’” Wiggins said. “My response is I don’t really know yet. I’m 100 percent committed to Georgia.”



"I don't really know yet,   but I'm 100% committed to Georgia".   Er, OK, I guess.  I want to know why there is an early commitment period if the player or  university can back out of the agreement any time , including right up to Signing Day.

I would like to see a 30 day window after a verbal  commitment, during which player or school can back out.  After this time expires, the player will not be eligible for another  football scholarship,  but he would be allowed to take financial aid or a non-football scholarship elsewhere. But he would have to sit a year, not eligible to practice or use the football facilities at the FBS level  like a redshirt can.  After that  sit-out year , he would have 4 years of eligibility.  I think this plan would relieve a lot of stress for players, coaches, and parents.  And the early commitment would still be entirely voluntary.


Why not just give them 30 days after verbal and then permit the LOI to be signed and it be binding on the school and player. Also if after a YEAR at chosen school, player should be able to change schools without sitting a year..


From Rowdy, a good one... did ya hear the one about Spanky gettin down on his knee's and beggin Shaq Wiggins, a Georgia commit, to sign with the TIED ? Shaq told Spanky that he was "honoring" his verbal with the University of Georgia and that Spanky could get up off his knee's. Saban replied, "but I am up off my knee's". Go Dawg's & Tigers !!!!



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