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Basketball game may have tilted the scales in Stefon Diggs' recruitment to Maryland

Basketball game may have tilted the scales in Stefon Diggs' recruitment to Maryland

Stefon Diggs is one of the best players to ever suit up for the University of Maryland football program, but there was a pivotal moment in his recruitment process that may have tilted the scales to make sure the five-star wideout stayed home.

Diggs told that story Friday as a guest on Maryland head coach Mike Locksley's Instagram show, "Late Night with Locks," when Locksley asked him about his most memorable moments as a Terp.

"On my official visit, when I was with you," Diggs said to Locksley, who was Maryland's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the time leading up to Diggs' freshman year at College Park in 2012. "And we went to the basketball game, and they showed a lot of love at the basketball game. That played a huge part in my recruitment process, as well. Just as far as like, wanting to stay home and they wanted you to be home."

Diggs remembered the Terps playing an ACC rival like North Carolina or Duke for his recruitment trip, "and I thought that was a big deal."

But Diggs didn't stop there with his trip down Terrapin memory lane. He also talked about a time once he was officially a Terp, and the quarterback room was thinning due to injuries.

"You can imagine I wasn't too happy about that," Diggs said, as Locksley laughed while recalling the same memory. "I was in the office and I was frustrated, and I was like, 'Man, what we gonna do? You tell me.' Because I always went to you and I always looked for you. As the young guys in your program right now, they probably know that you're a mentor. You're a guy that you can trust and have a conversation with, and just like a father-figure as well.

"So, I asked you, 'what we going do?' And you said, 'don't worry about it. Just trust me. I got you. Ima get you the ball.'"

Diggs said he trusted Locksley that day, and he did get the ball the following game. The rest is history.


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Report: Top quarterback recruit Caleb Williams gave Maryland last word before college decision

Report: Top quarterback recruit Caleb Williams gave Maryland last word before college decision

On Saturday night, the No. 1 quarterback prospect of the 2021 recruiting class will announce his decision on where he will spend his college career. And he may not even have to leave the DMV to do it.

Gonzaga’s junior signal caller Caleb Williams has narrowed his list of options down to three schools: Oklahoma, LSU and Maryland. Though the Sooners under quarterback guru Lincoln Riley are considered the favorites to land him, the hometown Terrapins have outlasted a plethora of other schools throughout Williams’ decision-making process. According to The Washington Post, he gave head coach Michael Locksley and the Terps final word, last speaking with Maryland coaches on June 27.

Ranked the fourth overall player in his class by 247sports, Williams is coming off back-to-back seasons in which he was named first-team All-Met. As a junior in 2019, he threw for 1,770 yards and 19 touchdowns while showcasing his dual-threat ability by rushing for 838 yards and another 18 scores.

Locksley and the Terps have already enjoyed a successful offseason of recruiting highlighted by landing 247sports’ fourth-ranked wide receiver in the 2020 class, Rakim Jarrett. A product of St. John’s in D.C., he flipped from LSU on signing day, surprising even Locksley.


Though the Terps went just 3-9 (1-8 in Big Ten play) last season, the addition of Jarrett as a legitimate weapon in the passing game may be enough to convince Williams to forego Oklahoma and LSU. He plans to announce his decision Saturday at 9 p.m.


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Top 2022 prospect Emoni Bates commits to Michigan State

Top 2022 prospect Emoni Bates commits to Michigan State

The No. 1 prospect basketball in the class of 2022 Emoni Bates announced his commitment to Michigan State on Monday. 

The five-star small forward is considered the best high school prospect in more than a decade and will be taking his talents to the Big Ten.

Bates had offers from four other schools: DePaul, Florida State, Kentucky and Michigan. The Michigan native announced his commitment extremely early in the recruiting process –– so early that the top eight recruits in the 2021 class have not even announced their decisions yet.

The 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward became the first commit of Michigan State’s class. He is also the first five-star to become a Spartan since Jaren Jackson Jr. in 2017 and the first No. 1 prospect to sign with the school since ESPN began its recruiting database in 2007.

His commitment came at a crucial time for the Spartans who lost significant talent at the end of last season in 2019 Big Ten Player of the Year Cassius Winston, who graduated, and 2020 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Xavier Tillman Sr., who declared for the NBA Draft after his junior season.

Maryland will now have to face Bates at least twice a year in Big Ten play. The Terps have two commits in their class of 2021 – four stars Julian Reese and Ike Cornish – but have yet to add a member to the class of 2022. 

Last season, Maryland and Michigan State each won one matchup against the other. The two teams tied alongside Wisconsin as co-Big Ten Champions. All three teams posted a 14-6 conference record before the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments were cut short or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

In the final AP Poll, Michigan State finished ninth while Maryland finished 12th.