Posted: 10:16 pm Monday, July 14th, 2014

DB sees Calvin Johnson and Matt Stafford, commits to Georgia Tech 

By Michael Carvell

DB Dante Wigley (Special)

DB Dante Wigley (Special)

Dante Wigley may have had the best unofficial visit in Georgia Tech football history on Tuesday.

The defensive back from Carrollton High School took a normal tour of Georgia Tech’s campus, and things got surreal when he stopped by the football program’s new toy, the state-of-the-art indoor facility.

Wigley said he observed a private workout which included NFL players Calvin Johnson, Matt Stafford and Demaryius Thomas. Stafford played at archrival UGA but he’s Johnson’s teammate with the Detriot Lions.

“What an experience of a lifetime to see them,” Wigley told the AJC. “I guess I came on the right day. I was happy.”

Wigley said he didn’t get to talk to Johnson or Stafford because they were focused on the workouts. But it was like a dream to watch them up close with pretty much nobody else around.

“I just stood on the sidelines and watched them run routes and throw passes,” Wigley said. “It was something I will never forget.”

Oh, and Wigley ended up committing to Georgia Tech at the end of Monday’s visit. He picked the Yellow Jackets over Boston College, Mississippi State, Troy and Marshall.

“First things, first — it was because of the academics,” Wigley said. “A degree from Georgia Tech is above most schools in the nation. I just love all the coaches, and the environment. I just fell in love with the place. And it’s close to home and everything.”

Wigley is listed at 6-foot-1 and 183 pounds. He is not rated in the 247sports.com composite rankings. He is commit No. 13 for Georgia Tech’s 2013 class.

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27 comments
macrotech
macrotech

This kid could play B-back, CB or, if he adds a little bulk FS....he's a stud athlete! Can he throw?! ;-)

buzzman47
buzzman47

Wish we could get Glanton and Allen kid at DT. Cumberlander kid would be nice, too.

Zapp
Zapp

Alright now fans, this isn't about college football, these are pros.  Trust me, I would love to see Matthew Stafford throwing to Calvin and Demarius.  Come on now wouldn't the rest of you spend a few minutes watching these stars.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

good luck in the ATL Wig...go dogs

Gandolph
Gandolph

"He is commit No. 13 for Georgia Tech’s 2013 class."


Is Tech still recruiting for the 2013 class?

Bulldawg95
Bulldawg95

Congratulations young man.  Hope you have a terrific career at Tech.


And yes, that must have been surreal to see those stars.

juvenal
juvenal

Matt would rather hang out in the ATL than Athens? Shows the class Calvin has, & don't bother me at all he brought a teammate, wherever he went-would love to see those three playing catch...

RandyHall
RandyHall

UGA....CMR and McGarity need to get on board w/ an Indoor Practice Facility....just think if Dawg Night has poor weather....what a missed opportunity!! Every Team in SEC, except Florida, has one...Ga Tech and Clemson have added Indoor Facilities lately....c'mon guys get on board....you are being out-recruited by AL, A&M, AU, Clemson, TN, SC,and LSU (maybe MSU soon!!)....CMR, TIME TO WIN A NC!!!  

iamlistening
iamlistening

Great pickup. He has good size and he wants to play for the school. It also had to be pretty cool seeing those all-pro type of players on campus - and in action. 

GoGT
GoGT

Congratulations Dante! Always good to have a Carrollton Trojan come to GT! Go Jackets!

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

All right GT, that is enough.  Go back to being asleep.  This new found recruiting energy does not become you.  Think about it,.  Look at all the Elon & Mars Hill players you are now passing over.  Where are they now going to play?  What's next, the forward pass?  It's just not right.

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Just kidding, I wish Dante the best. Sounds like a good kid and a great catch for GT. Good luck Dante!!!

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Wow, I saw Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps this weekend so I think I'll sign with Piedmont College!!!

JeffersonDavisHogg
JeffersonDavisHogg

Congrats Jacket fans. Seems like a really good kid with a good head on his shoulder's. Ya'll seem to be recruiting at a higher level this yr too and got to this kid early in the process. You need to stop that!. I've got to say though, and maybe its the camera angle, he doesn't look 6'1"....haven't watched the video though.....It's getting close to that time of year again so I'll say it now cause this is the time of year when I chime in again. The rest of the year I just sit back and read the spewed venom.  Kick off's are soon!...Good luck to you guys till we meet in Athens....Go Dawgs! .....or Dogs as gtcaryd would say.....at least he's a Henry county boy though.....and a lot of fun to read his post's these days on the dawg blogs....

JM64
JM64

It is pretty good to have sophomore highlights. Carrollton is a big school and you must be pretty good to see the field as a young player.

Congratulations to Dante

JacketMan
JacketMan

Dante was a main CB target for the Jackets. They have been on him a while and I have no doubt he'll continue to be be recruited as he plays his senior season. Ideal size and speed coupled with the intellect and team-first attitude GA Tech looks put Dante in the Jacket's bullseye ad they are thrilled to have him on board.

Welcome to the Flats, Dante. Looking forward to seeing you play on Grant Field on Saturdays, and seeing your family in Bobby Dodd Stadium.

hpt84
hpt84

3 stars per scout

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@1980-was-so-long-ago They bumped him to 3 stars from unrated today.  That caused his 247 composite to hit 3 stars as well.  More confirmation that recruiting services take a lot of cues from the schools that are offering the recruit as to how to rank them.  

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@RandyHall I believe the UGA Athletic dept. have pretty much marked that and a new BB arena off. I think they just like looking at their bank balance.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@GoGT Maybe we can get Snoddy rolling this year.

LeeWells
LeeWells

@OldJacketFan Just watched the video - can run, defend the pass and loves to stick it to the runner. Looking forward to seeing him on the Flats!