Ohio State Recruiting: Failing to Land Stefon Diggs Could Be a Good Thing
Despite Urban Meyer's superb skills and magic touch on the recruiting trail, he can't land them all and today he missed out on a prized prospect. According to Mike Farrell of Rivals, Stefon Diggs just announced his commitment to Maryland, his hometown college.
The product out of Olney, Maryland is rated as a 5-star by Rivals and the second best wide receiver in the 2012 class. Also according to Rivals, Diggs is the eighth best recruit overall, and his impressive highlight reel backs up these lofty expectations.
Despite all the talent and credentials that Diggs possesses, missing out on him may not have been the worst thing in the world for Meyer and his staff. The highly-touted prospect seemed self-absorbed throughout the entire recruiting process and may be worried more about his spotlight than winning games. For example, Diggs prolonged his signing a week and a half past signing day, announced that he would decide at 10 p.m. only to change it to 6 p.m., and then held a three-hour-long signing on top of all of that.
Diggs to OSU has been considered a long shot by most recruiting experts, but Meyer was able to get him to visit Columbus in late January. The fact that Ohio State remained in Diggs' top four is an impressive accomplishment for Meyer, considering the Buckeyes weren't even on his radar before Meyer's hiring.
The speedy prospect would have most likely performed in the "Percy Harvin role" under Meyer, and together the two could have accomplished great things. Diggs would have also bolstered the wide receiver position with a big-time playmaker at OSU, which is something the Buckeyes will lack next year, but his attitude may not have been a good fit at OSU.
Not to mention, we know Meyer can recruit and he already reeled in a commitment from a Diggs-like player in Jalin Marshall of the class of 2013.
In his defense, this is all speculation. Diggs could be a fantastic guy with a superb attitude but, from what I've seen, I don't get that vibe.
Nonetheless, Meyer did an excellent job of taking a mediocre recruiting class in 2012 and turning it into the fourth best in the nation, according to Rivals.
As for Stefon Diggs, the jury is still out on how he will pan out at the next level but, from what I can tell, his attitude may cripple his potential.
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