3 CU interviews: Wigley, Hamilton & Van Diest

Boulder, CO — Colorado’s coach Darrin Chiaverini is Co-Offensive Coordinator, Recruiting Coordinator and the wide receivers coach, which as you can imagine,  makes him a very busy man but luckily, he hasn’t been too busy to bring in one of CU’s best recruiting classes in the recent memory.  

Chiaverini, also known as Coach Chev, has primarily focused on the recruiting pipelines in TX, FL and CA; however, he recently earned a new commitment from cornerback Dante Wigley, a Georgia native who transferred from Georgia Tech to Holmes Community College in Mississippi back just 1 year ago.

Wigley will be joining forces with another college recruit from the class of 2017, Shamar Hamilton, who spent this past season playing defensive end for ASA Miami.  Both players took time out of their busy schedules for brief interviews with FootballGazette.com and here are the highlights from those two conversations.

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HOMETOWN: Carrollton, GA

SCHOOL: Holmes C.C.

POSITION: Cornerback

HEIGHT: 6’1”

WEIGHT: 185 lbs

Q: Who’s your biggest influence when it comes to football?

A: “Everything I do in football is for my mom.”

Q: What made you choose Colorado over other offers?

A: “Colorado was just the best fit for me so that’s why I chose them.”

Q: What do you plan on majoring in at Colorado in the fall?

A: “I’ll be a marketing major.”

Q: Which NFL would you most like to play for?

A:”My dream NFL would be the Atlanta Falcons! I’ve always been a huge fan.”

You can follow Dante on Twitter @Dante_Wigley

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HOMETOWN: Miami, FL

SCHOOL: ASA Miami (JUCO)

POSITION: DEFENSIVE END

HEIGHT: 6’5”

WEIGHT: 235 lbs

Q: Who’s your biggest influence when it comes to football?

A: “Allen Iverson”

Q: What made you choose Colorado over other offers?

A: “It had the most diverse and inclusive set of opportunities I could ask for as an athlete student entrepreneur.”

Q: What do you plan on majoring in at Colorado in the fall?

A: “Political Science”

Q: Who’s the best player you’ve ever played against?

A:”Greg Bryant”

you can follow Shamar Hamilton on Twitter @shamarhamilton9 


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As great as it is to have two mature, college recruits from the Southeast, CU fan’s will always hold a special place in the hearts for homegrown hog mollies like Jonathan Van Diest. His swim moves are often a prelude to a bone crushing hit and his knack for causing turnovers are a constant source of anxiety for the ball carriers he comes in arms reach of.  

Any Colorado fan that wants to see an example of the quintessential cold weather defensive playmaker should take a look at Van Diest’s highlight reel on Hudl.  The video starts off with two vicious tackles, and then on the third play, Van Diest has a 60 yard pick-6 in the snow.  

When we talked to Van Diest about the pick 6, he wasn’t shy about sharing his feelings on the memory of that play saying, “That was pretty awesome.”  

I couldn’t have described it much better myself.  After all, it was a defensive end seamlessly getting a 60 yard pick-6 in the snow , come to think of it,  “Pretty awesome” might even be an understatement.

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HOMETOWN: GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO

SCHOOL: CHERRY CREEK

POSITION: DEFENSIVE END

HEIGHT: 6’2”

WEIGHT: 235 LBS

STATE RANK: 6

 Q: Who’s your biggest influence when it comes to football?

A: “My biggest influence when it comes to football can be credited to my dad. For pushing me when I really didn’t want to and spending hours and much of his time to provide me with opportunities to get better.”

Q: What made you choose Colorado over other offers?

A:”I chose CU because I wanted to be a part of something that came around once in a blue moon, to be a part of a growing program and to contribute to that. Also, it was close enough and far away enough from home and the campus is beautiful and I wanted to play football there and live there.”

Q: What do you plan on majoring in at Colorado in the fall?

A: “I’m looking at majoring in business at Leads. Unsure about what specific study though.”

YOU CAN FOLLOW VAN DIEST ON TWITTER @JONVANDIEST








The Featured Image is courtesy of By TongTracer (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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