Four-star Quency Wiggins knows all about LSU commit Walker Howard: 'The hype's real'

Koki Riley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Quency Wiggins knows Walker Howard well.

The Madison Prep edge rusher met the St. Thomas More quarterback at an LSU offensive and defensive line camp in June.

Wiggins is an uncommitted four-star prospect and Howard — a five-star recruit and the No. 1 quarterback recruit in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite — is already committed to LSU.

“We have a great relationship,” Wiggins said. “Him and Will (Campbell, a five-star prospect) were real close. We just started to build our relationship, text (each other).”

Wiggins played against Howard (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) for the first time Saturday night at St. Thomas More. It was a game that neither expected to happen earlier in the week, as the matchup wasn't scheduled until Tuesday because both teams' original opponents could not play because of Hurricane Ida.

Wiggins was impressed what he saw from the five-star recruit.

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“I know the hype's real now,” Wiggins said. “He’s way better than what I thought.”

Howard was fantastic, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another. But Madison Prep star wasn’t bad himself.

On the first two plays of the game, it was Wiggins who was in the face of his potential future teammate — the edge rusher has LSU among his final five schools. Wiggins was constantly commanding double teams from St. Thomas More and forced Howard out of the pocket on multiple occasions.

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He also lined up at multiple spots on the defensive line as the game wore on. Wiggins said adding greater positional versatility to his game was something he worked on during the offseason, among other improvements.

"I've been getting stronger in order to survive playing defensive tackle and nose tackle," Wiggins said. "I got a whole lot faster too. I've (also) been studying, studying a whole lot of players in college."

"Quency's work ethic is really the thing that got him up to speed," Madison Prep coach Landry Williams said. "He's got the size and the strength, but just having the proper techniques and wanting to learn and learn as fast as you can really has been his saving grace."

When the final whistle sounded, it was Wiggins' team that topped Howard's in a thrilling back-and-forth affair. 

St. Thomas More led for most of the evening and the Cougars never trailed until the final 2 seconds of the game. It was at that moment when Madison Prep kicker Calvin Spears drilled the winning points to give the Chargers the 38-35 win.

Wiggins and the Chargers got the best of Howard's team on Friday. Whether they'll be teammates or SEC rivals next year is to be determined.

"It puts a lot of respect on our name now," Wiggins said.