LSU has landed another commitment for the 2021 recruiting class, this time dipping into the Peach State for the first cornerback addition to the commitment list.
On Friday evening, Georgia four-star cornerback Nathaniel Wiggins committed to LSU over a double-digit offer list that came down to a final group that also included Southern Cal, Oregon and Florida.
Wiggins is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 6 cornerback prospect in the country and the No. 68 overall prospect in the class.
LSU now has 17 commitments for the 2021 class, and with the addition of Wiggins, head coach Ed Orgeron and his staff have moved up in the 247Sports Team Rankings to the No. 3 class in the country, trailing only Ohio State and Alabama. The Buckeyes and Crimson Tide both have 19 total commitments.
Wiggins was recruited to LSU by cornerbacks coach and recruiting coordinator Corey Raymond, and he joins another Atlanta native in Khari Gee as the second defensive back commitment into the 2021 class in Baton Rouge.
Here’s what 247Sports national analyst Greg Biggins said about what Wiggins brings to the field.
“Two-way standout with the skill set to end up at three different positions in college,” he said. “Is a high-end prospect at receiver, corner, and safety. He’s a smooth athlete, very skillful an uses his long 6-2 frame to win jump ball battles on both sides of the ball. As a corner, he shows good ball awareness and ball skills, the quickness and change of direction to shadow a receiver and enough long speed to run with some of the faster players down the field. As a receiver, he catches the ball naturally, runs well after the catch and shows goo timing on contested 50-50 balls. He has a lean frame with more of a corner frame but could grow into a rangy safety where his cover skills would be very affective in coverage. Shows high end instincts and a natural feel for the corner position and that’s probably where his upside is highest. Projects as an impact upper tier Power 5 starter and future mid round NFL draft pick.”
LSU currently has sophomores Derek Stingley Jr. and Cordale Flott set to start at cornerback, with the potential for Flott to also play nickel while bringing a newcomer like freshman Eli Ricks onto the field at cornerback opposite Stingley. LSU also returns two more second-year cornerbacks in Jay Ward and Raydarious Jones, and both saw action as true freshmen a year ago.
Beyond Wiggins, the Tigers have the chance to continue to add more defensive backs to the commitment list ahead of National Signing Day. LSU remains in the top three for Alabama five-star cornerback Ga’Quincy McKinstry, and Raymond continues to press for five-star Louisiana defensive back Sage Ryan, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 safety prospect on the 247Sports Composite. LSU safeties coach Bill Busch also has the Tigers in the mix for a handful of national safeties who remain uncommitted, including Pennsylvania’s Derrick Davis Jr., Texas’ Andrew Mukuba and Florida’s Terrion Arnold.
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