North Miami Beach (FL) star Doug Wiggins admits he is not concerned too much on recruiting right now. Instead, the four-star prospect is focused squarely on his team’s next opponent and his senior season, one he hopes will be special. He and his teammates are off to a good start.
“We had our kickoff classic and I think we won 41-6,” Wiggins said. “I did real good. I had two interceptions. I had over 80 yards rushing. I had one touchdown rushing and two throwing. In our first regular season game, we played Palmetto and won 40-8. I had four touchdowns throwing in that game and returned a punt for 68 yards. Those are the only games we’ve played.”
The North Miami Beach squad has put in a lot of time this off-season preparing for the season at hand. The group has been led by head coach Jeff Bertani.
“We’re well conditioned, well coached and ready to go,” Wiggins said. “Coach Bertani is a lovable coach. He’s not only a coach, but he’s a mentor. He teaches you about life. He’s a hard-nosed guy. During the summer, we have rigorous training like six days a week. We do conditioning, weight training, look at film…everything.
“I think we’re even more hungry this year. Last year, we won the regular season district title but lost in the first round of the playoffs. This year, we’re looking to get the first playoff win in school history.”
If there are any favorites at this point in the process, Wiggins certainly didn’t let on.
“Right now, I’m focusing on my team and our next opponent,” Wiggins said. He has about 30 scholarship offers to choose from, including one from Virginia Tech. Auburn, Florida and Miami are among the others to offer. “I’m wide open to everyone right now.”
Virginia Tech, led by primary recruiter Charley Wiles, continues to stay in touch with the talented athlete.
“Coach Wiles has been keeping in contact,” Wiggins said. “He sent a media guide to me earlier this summer. I looked it over and I think it’s a good fit for me at the strong safety position. He really texts me a lot. We’ve had a lot of conversations.”
Will Tech get a look for an official visit?
“I will look at them because they play great defense. The defense is always ranked in the top 10 at the end of the year and they send athletes to the next level,” said Wiggins, who has never...
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