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Centreville LB Chad Wiggins chooses Richmond football

Before the 2013 football season began, Chad Wiggins sat down with Centreville linebackers coach Brian Newell to go over his goals. Among them were winning Northern Region Defensive Player of the Year, being named first-team All-Met, winning a state championship and earning a spot on a college team.

During the past two weeks, Wiggins has accomplished each of these marks, the last of which came Tuesday when he committed to play at Richmond.

“This month has been an incredible ride and something I’ll never forget,” Wiggins said. “Every goal I set has come true, and it’s been a real blessing.”

Wiggins made his college choice during school on Tuesday when Richmond Coach Danny Rocco came to visit Centreville. The senior linebacker had already been leaning toward committing to Richmond over his offers from Bucknell, Hampton, Monmouth and Towson, among others, and when Rocco relayed his belief that Wiggins would be an integral part of the team next year as a freshman.

“He said they are expecting me to start early at middle linebacker because they have very minimum depth at the linebacker position, and that was another reason I was excited to commit there,” Wiggins said. “I like their academic program and they have a pretty good football program, too, so I’m happy about my decision.”

Behind an aggressive style of play, Wiggins used his speed and strong tackling ability to disrupt opponents all season long. He finished with 152 tackles, including 34 for loss, and 17 sacks to lead undefeated Centreville to a school-record 15 wins, the Virginia 6A state championship and the top spot in The Post Top 20 final football rankings.

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Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.



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