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by LONN PHILLIPS SULLIVAN
QUENCY WIGGINS (DE) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
-2022 Under Armour All-American
-2021 LHSAA State Champion
-2020 LHSAA State Champion
On the cusp of Early Signing Day, there was just a single question mark concerning LSU's December haul:
Whether Rivals-rated 5 star DE Quency Wiggins would choose Alabama over his hometown Tigers.
But for those of us who have spoken to Quency, as well as follow the program closely, we knew there was only one true candidate here....
Quency's friendships, both currently on roster and within the 2022 Louisiana class, sealed the deal; Regardless, LSU's pursuit of Wiggins was still nervy for most LSU fans, even until the final seconds.
When the Tigers underwent massive coaching changes within Quency's future position group as well as LSU's head coach, all occurring at the apex of his process, many Tiger fans feared these sudden changes could break his ironclad commitment. Nevertheless, the arrival of Brian Kelly's staff only seemed to increase Quency's commitment as a Tiger, the back to back state champion happily signing for LSU last December while surrounded by family, friends and fans inside the Madison Prep fieldhouse.
As one of the country's strongest overall athletes and, in my opinion, the #1 DE of 2022, Wiggins' effect on Jamar Cain's defensive line unit is much like Harold Perkins for LSU's previously depleted linebacker room:
A young, hungry, physically stout, mentally tough thoroughbred who may need his raw skills fine-tuned before primal starting opportunities may arise.
Although one factor provides the edge rusher with an advantage:
Quency is an early enrollee, already on campus as part of a robust edge rushing room led by decorated starters B.J Ojulari and Ali Gaye, backed by strong contributor Soni Fonua, underrated / under-utilized third year DE/LB Phillip Webb, fantastic sophomore Saivion Jones, and unknown second year Tiger Bryce Langston among others.
If you look at the production or experience from that list above, Wiggins actually has a chance to grab significant time as Ojulari's understudy if he can usurp Phillip Webb or Saivion Jones.
Will Quency be able to overtake LSU's upperclassmen personnel?
Blessed with tremendous length, which made him a powerful basketball player for Madison Prep, Quency translates his hardcourt skills to the gridiron's line of scrimmage, clogging passing lanes or rejecting passes as if they were layups in the paint. Then, Quency's thick torso, powerful motor and violent hands combine alongside his raw, yet still advanced, edge rushing techniques.
Let's just be straight up:
At 6'6, 273 pounds, Quency Wiggins is a Baton Rouge Phantasm.....a cathedral of pain for anyone headed his way. The Madison Prep champion's physical tools are blessings....tall, rangy, hulking, powerful, deceptively quick, capable of rushing inside with the same force and finesse as he supplies on the edge.
Wiggins is a "Defensive Line Adonis", precisely the kind of player Jamar Cain ditched Lincoln Riley in order to coach.....
Quency reminds me of K'Lavon Chaisson, from his towering profile of edge rushing prowess to Wiggins' late blooming evolution, playing only basketball before suddenly starting DE over his final two seasons of high school.
Remember, despite our expectations, this is a young man who just survived a near fatal accident:
Last month, in Houston for NBC's Under Armour All-American Bowl, Wiggins was hurt & shaken up after being hit by a car while crossing a crosswalk on a scooter. The fast, jolting impact caused Quency to go airborne and land some 15 feet away from where he was hit, miraculously walking away mere seconds after hitting the pavement; by God's hand himself, Wiggins suffered only a broken arm in the accident.
Accordingly, LSU will take their time preparing Quency as a freshman, understanding the gravity of what the young man just went through, as well as any temporary physical limitations brought on by the arm injury.
However, Quency is a gamer and the moment he's cleared to get out there with his teammates in full-on helmets and pads, nothing will stop him.
Far above a freshman to keep your eyes on, this young man is a superstar in the making right before our very eyes.
Hop on the bandwagon while there is still room to be found.
by LONN PHILLIPS SULLIVAN
Copyright 2022 Uninterrupted Writings Inc
SHOUTOUTS: Thank You For Being You Quency!!!! I am looking forward to following a long, successful life of yours on and off the field!