Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby High School defensive lineman Santonio Wiggins was one of the most productive defensive linemen in north Florida high school football in 2013. Wiggins is an undersized prospect at 5-foot-11 and 240-pounds. The senior has played in the recruiting shadows of several teammates including FSU commit Jacob Pugh that are moving on to play college football at its highest level. Now Wiggins will join several of his teammates by continuing his playing career at the college level.
“I am going to play my college football for The Apprentice School in Newport News, Virginia,” said a proud Wiggins last week.
The Apprentice School is a technical college located near the port's of Newport News that teaches young men how to build ships and aircraft carriers. The school competes in football at the NCAA Division-III level. Classes take place in the morning on both ships and air craft carriers as students get ‘hands-on’ experience in their new trade. After class in the morning the students then attend study hall followed by practice in the afternoon. The school of course plays it's games on Saturday's against NCAA Division III or NAIA opponents.
Wiggins had the opportunity to continue his playing career at Henderson State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Southeastern University according to Godby head coach Ronnie Cottrell. It was the chance to play college football with his brother that ultimately led the hard-nosed lineman to choose The Apprentice School.
“My brother Antonio goes to The Apprentice School right now and he has been telling me how much he liked. Coach Paul Hoffmann (head coach at The Apprentice School) told me how much he liked me and that if I could make my grades that I had a place to play football. My brother is up there and I miss him. He is playing football and I wanted a chance to play, too,” said Wiggins.
During his senior season the smallish lineman was a disruptive force as he helped his team back to the state playoffs again this year. Wiggins is a quick and powerful lineman who spent much of his time in the opposing teams backfield. Of his 48 tackles in 2013, Wiggins made 22 stops behind the line of scrimmage including six sacks. He was dominant high school player in a part of Florida that plays high school football at high level.
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