The most recent addition to the class, CB Nathaniel Wiggins has joined the Tigers’ class of 2021 by signing his letter of intent. Wiggins is currently the only CB recruit in the class, and will make the short trip up from Atlanta, GA, for his college career. He arrives at Clemson measuring 6’2” and weighing 170 lbs, plenty of room to put on weight. He is a 4 star recruit with a .9453 rating and flipped from LSU over the weekend. All the credit goes to Mike Reed for this flip, much like last year with Malcolm Greene. Wiggins is the 7th best CB in the class this year, and helps meet Clemson’s need at the position.
Tommy’s take from his commitment:
Nate possesses an ideal frame for a corner, standing at nearly 6’2” with a long wingspan and plenty of room to add weight to his frame. This frame lends itself to potential positional versatility, as he is capable of eventually playing snaps at Corner, Nickel, and Safety. This length is utilized most frequently when playing the ball. Wiggins’ ability as a reciever and his ball skills are among the most compelling reasons for his potential. He has good body control, and understands how to use his length as an advantage while playing the ball as both a defender and receiver. Some scouts in Georgia even believe he is a better reciever than defensive back.
Which brings me to the next reason I am so excited for Wiggins; his movement skills despite his frame and length are at a high-level as well. I have been extremely impressed with his ability to change direction, and he makes many defenders miss in the open field with craftiness. His acceleration sticks out in a big way, and speed appears to be in the 4.4-4.5 range, but without official testing numbers its difficult to get the full picture.
There are still areas for improvement, of course, especially given how little time Wiggins has spent at the position. He will need to become more familiar with the nuances of playing Corner. Adding weight is a necessity to maximize his ability, with 24/7 listing him at 170 pounds. You’d like to see more examples of physicality as a defender on film as well. Seeing strides using that physicality in press man coverage, and as a tackler will be key points of development to look for in his senior film.