UPDATE, Feb. 10, 7:35 p.m.: Stefon Diggs makes it official, announcing that he is going to Maryland. “I want to win championships, I want to win bowl games. Where else to do it but in your city?” Diggs told the standing-room only crowd at Looney’s Pub in College Park, according to reporter Paul Tenorio.
All-Met Defensive Player of the Year Stefon Diggs of Good Counsel is poised to announce Friday that he will accept a scholarship offer to play for Maryland, according to a source with knowledge of Diggs’s plans.
Diggs, a star receiver and cornerback, is believed to also be strongly considering Florida and Ohio State. Auburn is also among his final choices. At this point, nothing would surprise those who have closely followed Diggs’s recruitment.
Diggs, a two-time All-Met, has declined recent interview requests but Thursday he appeared to think through his decision on his Twitter page.
“Never been this nervous my whole life. Football games I’ve never once got nervous,” Diggs posted Thursday (@Marseanbaybee ). “Footballs easy just about the work you put in. But making a decision that’ll impact your life for the next 40 to 50 years.”
Diggs posted that he liked the warmer weather in Florida, that Maryland was the hometown school, that Ohio State was a great place and Auburn seemed like a family.
“Everybody going love you up until your no longer producing for them,” Diggs posted. “This is a business. Gotta remember its people jobs on the line.”
If Diggs chooses Maryland, he would be the school’s most highly-rated recruit in several years. The last player rated higher than Diggs to sign with the Terps was Baltimore defensive end Melvin Alaeze in 2005 and 2006, but he never suited up for Maryland.
Good Counsel Coach Bob Milloy has long said he prefers his players to stay close to home for college and he said that Maryland Coach Randy Edsall had made an impression on Diggs’s mother, Stephanie. While the Terps always were in the mix for Diggs, it is believed they made a late push after the hiring of offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, whose recruiting ties to the Washington area have been well documented. Diggs took an official visit to College Park this past weekend.
Diggs had planned to announce his college choice Friday on Comcast SportsNet, but a station spokesman said Thursday that Diggs had backed out of the arrangement.
“We have been informed his announcement will NOT be made on CSN,” the spokesman said in a text message. “We are not aware of his plans.”
Although quarterback Danny O’Brien apparently intends to transfer, leaving C.J. Brown as the only experienced player at that position on the roster, the Terrapins might have another quarterback in the fold soon. Former Virginia Tech backup Ricardo Young, an All-Met in 2009 who spent part of this past season at New Mexico, might be in Maryland’s future plans, possibly for the 2013 season. Young is one of six players with local ties now attending Iowa Western Community College.
While most high school seniors bound for college football signed their paperwork when the National Letter-of-Intent signing period began Feb. 1, Diggs followed a recent trend of top players waiting a few weeks into the period to make their plans known.
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