Good Counsel’s Diggs Chooses Maryland

by Eric Meany

The University of Maryland football program got its first win of 2012 seven months earlier than expected Friday night as Our Lady of Good Counsel wide receiver Stefon Diggs announced his decision to play for the Terps in the fall.

“I feel good about my decision, I feel 100 percent sure,”  Diggs said before donning a Maryland cap in front of an enthusiastic overflow crowd at Looney’s Pub in College Park, where he made the announcement. “I want to win championships, I want to win bowl games, and where’s a better place to do it than your city.”

A two-way player in high school, Diggs scored 13 touchdowns on offense and was named the All-Met Defensive Player of the Year by the Washington Post as he led the Falcons to a 12-0 record and a third consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship in his senior season.

At Maryland he will join running back Wes Brown and offensive lineman Mike Madaras, Good Counsel teammates whose commitments to the Terps were made official on signing day.

“We’re very pleased to receive the commitment of Stefon,” coach Randy Edsall said in a statement released shortly after Diggs’ announcement. “He is an impact player who brings a playmaking ability that will enhance our team and certainly help us offensively. He’s a great competitor and team player who loves to work every day and win. We’re honored and happy to have him.”

Diggs, widely considered one of the best recruits in the country, avoided the frenzy of national signing day, giving himself an extra nine days to decide on his future and ensuring the undivided attention of boosters from the four schools he was known to be considering. In the end, the Terps got their man while Florida, Ohio State and Auburn missed out.

Media speculation regarding Diggs had run wild since signing day, with different outlets declaring each of the four schools to be front runners at various times during the past week. Although Diggs did not speak to reporters, he maintained on Twitter he was not certain of his decision as late as Thursday.

“Florida’s hot I love weather and people …UMD hometown … Ohio State great place.. Auburn a family,” he tweeted. “Can’t go wrong with my decision.”

Of the schools Diggs was considering, Maryland (2-10) had by far the least successful 2011 season. Florida (7-6) topped Ohio State (6-7) in the Gator Bowl, while Auburn sported an 8-5 record and a Chick-fil-A Bowl win over Virginia.

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