On Friday, more than a week after National Signing Day had come and gone, 5-star wide receiver Stefon Diggs announced his decision.
He's going to Maryland, according to Bryan Fischer of CBSSports.com.
This decision comes as no surprise as far as I'm concerned. Diggs caught a lot of flak for dragging his decision past National Signing Day, but there was a point to it. The wide receiver from Olney, Maryland had one more official visit to make and he didn't have to go far. He visited Maryland this past weekend.
We saw top recruit Dorial Green-Beckham make a similar decision. Per Rivals.com, Green-Beckham visited Missouri the weekend before Signing Day. Next thing you knew, he was putting on a Mizzou hat.
Essentially, Diggs walked that same path. Both he and Green-Beckham fielded plenty of offers, but they both decided to stay home.
You have to applaud Diggs' boldness, as he's sure as heck not signing up at Maryland because he knows he's going to win there. The Terrapins went just 2-10 under new head coach Randy Edsall in 2011, finishing with the worst record in the ACC. Barring a dramatic turnaround, things will be the same in 2012.
There is, however, plenty of potential for individual success at Maryland. Diggs has more than enough talent to become a star at the collegiate level and he'll have some pretty smart men watching over his development. Mike Locksley will be a better offensive coordinator than he was a head coach and we know Edsall's no slouch.
Wide receivers coach Lee Hull has a good head on his shoulders, too. He got to work with eventual first-round pick Darrius Heyward-Bey in his first season on the job and he got to spend a couple of seasons with Torrey Smith, who was picked in the second round by the Baltimore Ravens in 2011.
Diggs doesn't represent a totally different challenge for Hull. Like Smith and Heyward-Bey before him, Diggs' game is based largely on his speed. There simply aren't many guys who can keep up with him.
That's true of the high school ranks and it will be true of the college ranks. Diggs is going to be able to outrun the majority of the guys who have the misfortune of trying to cover him.
Maryland should consider itself lucky. It needed Diggs a lot more than Diggs needed it. If the Terrapins hadn't gotten him, their recruiting season would have left a lot to be desired.
It's all over now. And in a few short months, Maryland fans are going to see what Diggs is capable of.
They'll be pleased.
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