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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