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USC football recruiting: Four-star ATH Nathaniel Wiggins names Top 8

May 5, 2020, 9:27 AM PDT
USC football has defensive backs on the mind. (Alicia de Artola/Reign of Troy)
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Four-star athlete Nathaniel Wiggins announced his Top 8 schools including USC football.

It’s a favorites kind of day for USC football.

On Tuesday, after landing on lists for a duo of other recruiting prospects, the Trojans made it a trio when Nathaniel Wiggins announced his Top 8.

The four-star athlete took to Twitter with a video featuring his highlights as a receiver and defensive back for Westlake High School in Atlanta, Georgia.

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The video ends with a graphic showing Wiggins’ Top 8. Along with USC, teams that made the cut include Florida, Texas, Alabama, LSU, Clemson, Tennesee and Oregon.

Wiggins picked up an offer from USC in mid-April, announcing it on Twitter by thanking his teammates for helping him receive the offer. A teammate of Wiggins for the class of 2023, Avieon Terrell, also reported an offer from the Trojans recently.

There isn’t much of a question why Donte Williams would make a run at Wiggins. He is a four-star prospect ranked 195th in the 247Sports composite rating. Among athletes, he ranks 11th in the class.

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At 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, he’s also extremely versatile as a prospect. With that kind of length, he could grow into a safety. With his ball skills, he could become a dangerous wide receiver. As an elite athlete, his prospects as a cornerback appear top-level.

That’s where USC plans to use him, according to Ryan Young of TrojanSports.com.

The Trojans will need to start adding cornerbacks to prepare for the departure of several starters over the next couple of years. Greg Johnson, Olaijah Griffin, Chase Williams and Isaac Taylor-Stuart will all be eligible for the NFL Draft after the 2020 season. Chris Steele could leave after the 2021 season.

USC didn’t sign any cornerbacks in the class of 2020, but the 2021 class may already have some candidates to fill the position. Four-star pledge Calen Bullock is an athlete who could end up at corner. Four-star athlete Anthony Beavers is also on board, though his future may lie at safety.

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