Miami Hurricanes 2019 Player Profile: Dee Wiggins
Sophomore-WR-6’3’-200lbs-Miami, Florida-Miami Southridge HS
Miami is known for many things. From a tradition of success to the top-tier talent that has come from the juggernaut program. One of the first things that come to mind when you think of The U is skill positions. Whether it’s a season of merciless victories or crushing defeats, Miami always has talent where it counts. The Canes repeatedly have highlights and playmakers. Being a Hurricane wide receiver is the quintessential merger between skill and flash. For some, the spotlight of playing in Coral Gables propels them to greatness. Other players can be swept away by a sea of abundant talent and drown in the abyss of the depth chart. This will be the quest, bar to aspire to, or dreamed turned nightmare for second-year player for Dee Wiggins. Wiggins is behind Biletnikoff Award Watch List appointee K.J. Osborn, playmaking dynamo Jeff Thomas, and other returning wideouts. He has tremendous size and ability. We’ll see if he can harness athleticism and potential to become a productive player.
High School Years
Wiggins was an ESPN four-star recruit. He was given a three-star rating from Rivals and 247Sports.com. As a two time Miami Herald All-Dade honorable mention, Wiggins excelled alongside #Storm18 recruits Mark Pope and Delone Scaife. He additionally played at Miami-Killian High, an institution where both Jaquan Johnson and Sheldrick Redwine also attended, for the two seasons. Wiggins came to Miami as an explosive specimen, with limited high school production, and fantastic length.
Wiggins caught seven passes for 73 yards in 2018. His longest reception in his true freshman season went for 24 yards. His first reception as a Cane came in the massive rivalry matchup against Florida State. Wiggins drew three pass interference calls that helped complete the massive second-half comeback. He later made his first start in a loss against Virginia. He had 2 receptions for 16 yards. In his next start against Boston College, he had no catches. The unimpressive stat line continued until Wiggins had a semi-splurge in a defeat against Georgia Tech for 31 yards. Wiggins received opportunities early in his career but didn’t distinguish himself on the field. It was a season of key drops and invisibility. The changes at quarterback, his youth and unsteadiness, play-calling, and offensive woes were all factors in his forgettable freshman campaign.
Wide receiver is one of the strongest positions on the team. The starting wide receivers are set. The assessment of how to structure and shuffle Harley, Hightower, Pope, Payton, and Wiggins, and others will be key in the summer. In the first day of fall camp, Wiggins saw starting action.
Great catch by Dee Wiggins on the opposite side of the field. Throw by Kosi pic.twitter.com/0gSSaYDcFs— Gaboowins (@GabyUrrutia22) July 27, 2019
There is true talent at the position and multiple players with Wiggins’ size that have shown consistency when it comes to catching the ball. The new offensive scheme will be playmaker friendly, it will be a question of when Wiggins will get those chances to develop. He’s a player that will be battling it out to distinguish himself through the season.