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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


Since: Jun 29, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:08 pm

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

Im sure he had better highlights than in the video right?

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 11:53 am

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

Finally a big time recruit coming to the Turtle Den! All i have to say is, why not Maryland? Granted these guys all played under Friedgen, but Heyward-Bey, Torrey Smith, and Vernon Davis all excelling in the pros. Plenty of studs on the defensive side of the ball too- D'Qwell Jackson, Moises Fuque, EJ Henderson. It's not like he just signed up to play in a black hole. Hopefully Danny O'Brien decides to stay now

Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 10:13 am

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

I wanted DIggs badly at tOSU.  I thought that was the perfect fit for him but we always talk about locking up Ohio and having Ohio kids stay home, so I definitely respect his decision.  I was glad to see Maryland have a good moment for their program as well.  I think it would be tougher to swallow if he went to UF or Auburn as well, because Maryland needs upgrades at every other spot besides WR to compete on their level.  I like Robert Foster and J. Marshall for tOSU.  That will fill the need for a playmaker.  Congrats to this kid and his family.  I really hate the recruiting process and the circus it has turned into though.  This is not ripping on Diggs as this is the norm now.  We want to see them and the larger the audience the bigger the venues and the more the game is played.  Oh well.  You need that talent to win. 

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 9:41 am

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

The University of Maryland is a tough sell when Recruiting.

Maybe they offer an academic field of interest, but what college or university doesn't offer everything?

Maybe being close to Washington, DC is attractive, but College Park is not DC ... just close to its NE border.

It is a hectic, and congested campus situated right in the middle of the hectic and congested Baltimore-Washington corridor.

Traffic sucks.  It's really bad.

But who knows what any particular 18 year old wants ... it changes when the wind blows.

Most likely Locksley promised to make him the "man" in the Offense.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 9:15 am

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

People hating on a kid from MD choosing to play for MD.  Give me a break.  If the local kids stayed home we would be a BCS contender every year.  What if this class also included Darby, Cyrus Jones and Eddie Goldman?  It's been the plight of a Terps fan for years.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 8:52 am

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

Great kid, good family, incredible talent who could have gone anywhere he wanted. Anywhere. he chose to stay at home, close to his family and help bring his local school back to relevence if not power. Md was in a state of transition last year. Thie coach and program butted heads because basically befoe he got there they were allowedto do whatever they wanted and many did not want the discipline. The team suffered, but many of those kids wanted the discipline, many changed, and many left. This should be a more united team this season. Congratulations to Diggs, his family and his new Terp family. Now if they can just convince Danny Obrien to stay in College Park then they will be fine. Maybe a 500 record is where they are headed nest year, but after that it should be much better.

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 7:49 am

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

note to cbs the suc network writers.... NOT everybody thinks auburn,  florida and urbie are ALL THAT!

i love the missouri wr shunning the "supposed elite" of recruiting and i LOVE the maryland wr shunning them too.

my only response to them would be...enjoy your family urbie...its not me you want, its THEM you told us you want.....quitter. 

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 7:20 am

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

Listen ... is plain and simple ... any high school wide receiver or junior college transfer that doesn't seriously consider going to WVU is making a mistake.  WVU might not want, or even need you, but you owe it to yourself to try and get a WR position onthat team.  

Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2012 6:07 am

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

cam newton at auburn...something didn't stink there, either

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 2:06 am

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

Torrey part 2?

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