FLORIDA FOOTBALL & RECRUITING COVERAGE
- The Inside Scoop: Is this Napier's first assistant coach hire?
- Inside the Gators: Mock Signing Class 8.0
- WCC: Updates on Florida’s coaches out on the road recruiting
- Inside the Gators Recruiting Burn Barometer
- Coaching search consultant Landry goes in-depth on Mullen and Napier
Since narrowing his list to a final three of Alabama, Florida and LSU, Baton Rouge (La.) Madison Prep Academy four-star Quency Wiggins has seen new head coaches take over at two of his three finalists – and when you take into consideration the constant turnover of staff members on the Tide, the 6-foot-6, 275-pounder has reason to be concerned as to who will be coaching him next season.
“I'm sitting here waiting patiently, waiting for everything to go down,” explained Wiggins. “Florida and LSU got their situations straight, and now we're waiting to see which coaches they are going to keep. That's what I want to know. This weekend we'll start seeing who they're going to keep and release.”
Wiggins said he is paying particular attention to whether or not the Gators and Tigers retain coaches that he has a relationship with already.
“I just know that coaches can leave at any time, but the guys recruiting me, like at LSU it's Andre Carter, he came here tonight and he's the coach I know. [LSU defensive tackle] Maason Smith was talking to me, but I don't know, I know Coach Carter and Coach O [Ed Orgeron] and I know Coach [David] Turner, but talked to Coach [Billy] Napier and one of his coaches tonight, and he's coming to see me on Monday. I don't know who's staying or who's going.”
Wiggins went more in-depth about his conversation with Billy Napier.
“I already knew him some because he recruited me before and I met him at an LSU camp, so we already kind of knew each other, but we're trying to get to know each other a little better. He talked to my dad, we talked a little ball. He called to try to build more of a relationship, get to know me a little. He covered everything. We talked about education, football, the Lousiana guys they got at Florida. Things like that.”
Despite all of the turmoil, Wiggins said he is locked into making his decision on December 15 – Early Signing Day.
“Man, it's really going to come down to right now I like Florida and LSU's defensive schemes, I want to play in a 4-3, but if they bring in new coaches and the scheme changes that might have an impact. I'm hoping to learn more after this weekend about what's going to happen with the coaches. I'm really just waiting until then.”
Wiggins is the No. 89 ranked prospect in the nation according to the 247 Sports Composite.
The Inside Scoop: With all the changes taking place, Wiggins seriously sounded torn as to what he is currently feeling – and will have a better understanding of where he stands when he finds out how the coaching situations are going to play out at UF and LSU. One interesting aspect of the call was that a current ULL assistant was also in on the call and told Wiggins that he would be joining Napier at Florida. That tidbit is posted on the WCC Insider (link posted at the top).