Clemson co-defensive coordinator Mickey Conn had some high praise for cornerback Nate Wiggins on Sunday morning.

Conn compared Wiggins, who is expected to step into a starting role this season, to former Tigers star AJ Terrell.

“He covers like an NFL corner, like an A.J. Terrell,” Conn told reporters. “You start putting him in that category. It’s rare to find a guy with his length that can run and change direction like he can.”

Terrell, of course, is a former All-ACC corner for the Tigers who is about to enter his third NFL season with the Atlanta Falcons.

While Clemson’s defense is expected to be one of the best in the country this season, cornerback is the biggest unknown. The Tigers lost both of their starting cornerbacks (Mario Goodrich and Andrew Booth Jr.) to the NFL this offseason.

That leaves the Tigers to rely on Wiggins, who is entering his sophomore season. Last year as a true freshman, Wiggins recorded 2 tackles and 2 pass deflections in very limited playing time. If Wiggins is able to play at an All-ACC caliber level this season, it would shore up any potential weaknesses on Clemson’s defense.

Wiggins also drew praise from quarterback DJ Uiagalelei at ACC Kickoff earlier this month. Uiagalelei called him the best cornerback he’s gone up against.

“He’s only going to be a sophomore, but the stuff he does out there in practice with his technique and just his football IQ and reading routes I think is really special,” Uiagalelei said.

Listed at 6-foot-2, Wiggins has tremendous size and length for the position. He’s expected to start this season alongside Sheridan Jones.

Clemson opens with Georgia Tech on Sept. 5.