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Will Viggers follows in father's football footsteps

posted May 25, 2018, 11:53 AM by Cheryl Shuffler

By Student News Ambassador Triniti Bryant

Draughn High School senior Will Viggers began playing football when he was 8 years old. Although he was scared to, his dad wanted him to play, so he began playing with the Valdese recreation peewee team. After his second year playing, he decided he his dream was to play in the NFL, but he had a lot of steps to take to get there. He continued to play throughout middle school and into high school. Will was a four-year starter for both defense and offense, he played center and nose guard. Will has been working hard for a very long time and finally on Feb. 7, he took one step closer to his childhood goal. Will signed with the Wingate Bulldogs, and he couldn’t be happier about it.

Will attended a lot of college camps in order to better prepare himself to play at the collegiate level. After his freshman year, he went to Clemson and then wasn’t able to attend another camp until after his junior year when he went to UNC-Charlotte and NC State. During his sophomore year he had knee surgery and had to rebuild his strength and endurance. He also tried to lift and run everyday during the off season in order to get faster and stronger. Will said “I would always look for everyday that I could work and improve.”

Will started looking into the recruiting process his second year of high school. He started by paying a $70 “clearing house” fee in order to get certified on the NCAA eligibility center. Then his junior year his ACT scores were sent to the eligibility center and by the time his senior year rolled around, he had to send in his transcripts to determine his academic eligibility. Will also used a film website called “Hudle” to get his highlight videos to coaches. One of his videos even had over 1,000 views.

A lot of smaller schools would email Will asking him to come on visits, but bigger coaches would come meet him in person. Will met coaches from NC State, UNC-Charlotte, Army and Western Carolina. Then finally, the Wingate coach came by to see Will. He gave will his card and asked him to come on a visit. Will chose Wingate because it was close to home, he really likes the coaches, and also, he said, “The team is so close, it almost feels like a family.”