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Recruiting: Illinois LB-S Andrew Wiggins picks Army

Andrew Wiggins immediately connected with Army football recruiting coach Matt Drinkall.

Wiggins was informed of the “ins and outs” by Drinkall. The Oswego East (Ill.) linebacker/safety also bonded with Army sophomore cornerback and fellow Illini Jabril Williams.

The connections and the opportunities at West Point led Wiggins to his Army commitment without a visit the academy. Wiggins officially joined the Black Knights’ 2024 class last week.

“Army provided a great conversation when I received the offer on the phone and answered all of the essential questions with academics,” said Wiggins. “They also have a great football program while setting you up later in life once your time is up with football. So, in my mind, it was a no-brainer.”

247 Sports rates Wiggins as the 72nd best senior in Illinois. Army was Wiggins’ second offer. His first offer – Air Force. Wiggins is being recruiting to play a hybrid linebacker/safety position (the apache, same position Jimmy Ciarlo currently plays). What made Army the choice over Air Force.

“Army really showed me lots of love and appreciation,” said Wiggins, whose great grandfather served in the Air Force.

Wiggins couldn’t pass on a chance to play FBS football and be challenged by West Point’s top academics. Now

“I have always been just trying to chase my dreams,” Wiggins said. “And, Army has made mine come true.”

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