Vols lead for 2013 DB

ATLANTA, Ga., -- When the ball was snapped during practice Tuesday for Friday night's Georgia Junior Bowl, class-of-2013 cornerback Shaquille Wiggins read the play perfectly. After sensing where the pass would go, he broke toward the intended receiver, snatched the ball and walked into the endzone for a pick six.
For Wiggins, interceptions are getting to be old hat.
In 2011, the 5-feet-10, 160-pounder from Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek recorded nine of them.
"I doubt they keep throwing my way," Wiggins said.
Quarterbacks might try to avoid Wiggins in the future, but college programs won't. According to Wiggins, who will miss the Georgia Junior Bowl game because he sustained a slight knee injury Wednesday, he currently has eight offers.
Right now, he has Tennessee on top.
"They're recruiting me the hardest," Wiggins said. "Their coach [Lance Thompson] kind of checks in on me almost every week."
After the Volunteers, Wiggins also has Virginia and Michigan in his top three. The Cavaliers were the most recent program to offer, he said. He wanted to watch Virginia, which is playing in the Chick-fil-A Bowl this week, practice while in Atlanta, but he couldn't make it.
"The coaches [of his top-three schools] all have good personalities," Wiggins said. "The depth chart and the rosters are pretty low for those teams. I've talked to the coaches and they all need some help at the defensive back position."
Wiggins hopes to check out some colleges early in 2012.
"I plan on going to Florida junior day in January, and South Carolina but I haven't got the date on that one yet," Wiggins said. "And I'm going to Tennessee and Virginia junior days."
When might a decision come?
"I think I'll commit during the summer time, so I can take some visits during the spring," Wiggins said. "I just want to get it over with and worry about my season."
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