After losing star cornerback recruit Brendan Langley to Georgia late in 2012, it would have been sweet vindication for the Gamecocks if they were able to flip Shaq Wiggins from the Bulldogs over to the Gamecocks.
Things looked promising as Wiggins continuously showed strong interest in the Gamecocks, had good rapport with Lorenzo Ward and the Gamecocks coaching staff and even had other Gamecock commitments like Alan Knott recruiting him to South Carolina.
This past weekend, Wiggins visited South Carolina and got a glimpse of what life would be like as a Gamecock. All indications were that the visit went extremely well and that Wiggins had a tough decision ahead. Still, he left Carolina as a UGA commitment and planned visits to Texas A&M and Florida over the coming weeks.
Early on Thursday morning, Wiggins indicated that he was going to have a decision today. Well, if this tweet is any indication, we know where he's headed.
RT @shaqwiggins21: So for all reporters I canceled the rest of my OV's. I've decided to stay commited to UGA and display my talents there.— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) January 17, 2013
Now, this tweet no longer appears on Wiggins' timeline but this goes with everything that seems to be said behind the scenes in regards to Wiggins. Even though the USC visit went well this weekend, the Gamecocks appears to have fallen short of landing a four-star cornerback to replace the one UGA was able to get in Brendan Langley.
The Gamecocks need quality cornerbacks and adding Wiggins would give them another strong candidate to fill the role and a chance at early playing time. USC returns a few veteran players in Victor Hampton and Jimmy Legree, but for the most part, they have a lot of youth on the roster with Rico McWilliams, Chaz Elder and Ahmad Christian.
So where does USC go from here? It's really unknown at this time as Wiggins was the main cornerback prospect left on the board for South Carolina. There's always a chance a new name could pop up but for now it's disappointing that the Gamecocks seem to have struck out on another top cornerback prospect.