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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: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2012 2:03 am
 

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

Even though I am a Buckeye fan, and would've liked to see him come to Ohio State, its good to see local kids stay in their own state and play for their state school. Maryland will be the best place for Diggs to stand out individually for NFL scouts, but he won't be winning anything anytime soon. So, I hope he's prepared for the frustration of 5-7, 6-6 seasons.



Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 11, 2012 1:28 am
 

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

Sour grapes anyone. We know Diggs to be a class act. Witness his signing with a 2/10 team with offers fom all the " big boys". Give credit where it is due. All this not knowing if starting QB is returning.



Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 11, 2012 1:01 am
 

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

I am guessing this kid did not see how AWFUL the University of New Mexico football team was while Locksey was the head coach!!! So Locksey has the OC at Maryland can't be the reason he decided to stay home.



Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:55 am
 

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

Someone please tell the writer that there is a signing period.  The alleged national signing day is only the first day of the signing period.  Any recruit can sign on the first, last, or any day in between.  The media is apparently too stupid to point this out.



Since: Sep 3, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:36 am
 

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

Maryland over the Gators the Buckeyes and Auburn?
OK
that smells funny..... 



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:25 am
 

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

Edsall will keep this WHOLE Team in check. Glad this 5 Star decided to stick with his home State. GO TERPS!



Since: Oct 6, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:05 pm
 

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

What a DIVA! All this fanfare and BS for an 18 year old kid who is not even the top at his position. I hope Maryland can keep his ego in check... I some pics around the net of when he signed with guys in the background flashing gang signs... I am glad this kid id not going to Auburn. My guess is he gets into somekinna trouble and become a chronic pain in the butt to his coaches...


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