Looking back, former Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs was probably smart to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft and start making money for himself as a professional -- especially because he proved he was ready with the numbers he put up as a rookie in Minnesota.
But things have changed since Diggs departed, with former head coach Randy Edsall being fired and a host of staff changes shaking things up in College Park.
In comes former Michigan defensive coordinator DJ Durkin to be the program’s next head coach, bringing with him a number of seasoned former head coaches and savvy recruiters to fill out his staff.
As part of a larger interview with CSN this week, Diggs spoke about Durkin’s hire and the other changes at Maryland.
“I’ve heard nothing but good things about Coach as a man, so I look forward to meeting him whenever I get my opportunity to speak with him,” the Vikings rookie told CSN. “It should be nice, but I’ve heard nothing but good things.
“I’m happy for my guys.”
One-time interim head coach Mike Locksley, who Diggs calls “my guy,” will reportedly not return to the staff. Durkin hired Arkansas State offensive coordinator Walt Bell to take the same position in College Park, as well as become the quarterbacks coach.
That was the position Locksley held before becoming the interim head coach. According to reports, he was offered an unspecified job on staff.
Wide receivers coach and former All-Pro NFL wideout Keenan McCardell, who Diggs has said aided his development as a pass catcher, also seems unlikely to return to the staff. Durkin reportedly hired former Virginia assistant Chris Beatty to take over that role.
Diggs and the Vikings face Seattle in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs on Sunday.
Check back to CSNmidatlantic.com throughout the week for more from CSN’s conversation with Diggs.