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Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:34 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 7:36 pm
 
Posted by Bryan Fischer

High profile recruits have increasingly waited until after Signing Day to commit to a school in recent years and with the class of 2012 it was Olney (Md.) athlete Stefon Diggs who kept coaches, fans and recruits wondering which program he would wind up at.

The answer finally came Friday night as the five-star athlete put on a Maryland cap at a local restaurant and committed to the hometown Terps.

Diggs took official visits to California, Florida, Auburn and Ohio State but saved his final trip to Maryland for after Signing Day. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is the nation's No. 14 overall recruit according to MaxPreps and ranked as the third-best athlete in the class.

One of the fastest players in the country, Diggs runs in the 4.4 range in the 40-yard dash and can play on either side of the ball as a wide receiver or defensive back. The five-star will likely end up on offense in college after accounting for 1,443 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior, leading Our Lady of Good Counsel to a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title last season.

Much of the credit in Maryland landing Diggs goes to new offensive coordinator Mike Locksley. The former head coach at New Mexico and offensive coordinator at Illinois is well-known for his connections in the Washington, D.C. area as a recruiter. In addition to Diggs, teammate and the country's 10th-ranked running back Wes Brown signed with the program. Though the commitment is not enough to put Maryland in the top 25 class rankings, it does give head coach Randy Edsall and the program a marquee recruit in 2012.

"On the field he's one of the nation's most exciting ball players, an elite prospect and a difference maker," analyst Tom Lemming said of Diggs. "Exceptional with the ball in his hands, he's a high school superstar be it running with the ball, catching the ball, or picking off a pass. He seems to do everything with ease and is a natural, all around athlete."

The Maxpreps All-American gives Maryland 23 commitments in the class of 2012.
Photo by Jim Stout



Comments

Since: Jan 13, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:31 pm
 

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

Well as I said a couple weeks ago I was glad to see MD land a blue chipper. Now I'm not so sure. Our new "Goldenboy" of the Terps program just went racist on Jeremy Lin and tweeted about his "egg roll and dumplings". Not to overlook the fact the tweet showed his GPA will be in the 1.5 range (poor, poor ebonically written tweet) he is now debuting at College Park as an moronic, racist idiot. I know it is good fun what he said (I have heard much worse about Lin from more mature professional reporters) but it just is NOT smart Stefon. This is no way to begin a career that may one day lead you to millions of $$$$. You do not want that rep going through college and into the NFL. I understand he is a kid but I think MD may wanna reconsider this scholarship.....or at least rein in the young mans mouth (and definately BAN him from twittering).



Since: Dec 18, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:43 pm
 

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

Enjoy not winning anything at the College level Diggs. You'll definitely standout.

Bad choice



Since: Sep 18, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:58 am
 

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland


Thanks there LocalFan11, it really means a lot to hear from a self appointed award presenter. I guess anybody with a different veiw point than you qualifies for your award, I'm truly honored.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:38 am
 

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

Probably knew OSU would be getting a new head coach in a couple of years.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:01 am
 

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

Or maybe they will remember that he was the first big time recruit to put MD back on the national scene! Oh and he might have a great pro career also!!!!



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 12, 2012 5:05 pm
 

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

If this was basketball, where one great recruit can make a huge difference, this would be a great story.  I hope it works out well for Diggs, but it's going to take a lot more than one marquee recruit to do well in the ACC.  He may have a hard time getting a lot of publicity, and might not get the kind of stats that make NFL scouts take notice.  

Hopefully, he goes to class, gets a degree, and when he is looking for a job, people in the DC area remember him as someone who stayed home to play football.  



Since: Jan 13, 2010
Posted on: February 12, 2012 4:49 pm
 

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

Glad to see this but not sure what kind of impact it'll have. Maryland should be more involved in getting some of the blue chippers in the east (MD/PA/NY/NJ) but rarely are. I think this kid may have made a poor career decision here (if he wants to showcase for the NFL scouts) and I'm sure his family ties were the main consideration here...not the impactfulness of Terps football. He may have a fine career here but I am thinking he may regret his decision around 2015.



Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2012 3:14 am
 

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

This kid is a really strong prospect , but wait to see what he pans out into his college career before we get all " pissy" with the hate of recruiting process junk. He wanted to be close to home , and that is the way it used to be...before big under the table money started this whole recruiting debacle...sometime around 1970...somewhere in alabama most likely .



Since: Jan 25, 2010
Posted on: February 12, 2012 12:30 am
 

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

A great signing.  Now if, in spite of Edsall, Terps keep O'Brien at QB and offensive coach can ignore the incompetent head coach and Terps don't have any further transfers the Terps can actually be very good this year. 

More imortant than players they have signed good quality offensive and defensive coaches.  Edsall stay out of their hair and let players be human beings and show appreciation on firld for great performances and Terps willl be a winner in weak ACC.



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 9:57 pm
 

My post was intended for crzal

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