For five years, wide receiver Stefon Diggs and his standout play in the NFL has been a source of pride for both the University of Maryland community and the larger DMV community.
The former Terrapin attended Good Counsel High School in Montgomery County, Md. before torching opponents for three years at College Park. He was a 5th-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in the 2015 NFL Draft and has since established himself as one of the best receivers in the league.
Next week, he'll get a taste of the same joy he brought others when his brother Trevon Diggs gets his named called by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
"I'm extremely excited for him," Diggs said Friday night on "Late Night with Locks," Maryland football coach Mike Locksley's Instagram show. "Ima be more excited than he is. I can guarantee you that. Ima be screaming at the top of my lungs because it's a special moment, not just for him but just for the family to see him not only be the baby but watch the baby grow up."
Trevon was a 4-star athlete out of The Avalon School in Wheaton, Md. A special wide receiver himself, he commited to the University of Alabama as a defensive back. He was part of the 2017 national championship team and is expected to be one of the first few cornerbacks off the board.
"You can imagine my mom. You've known my mom for some years now. She's super excited," Diggs said. "We've been praying for him and having the patience. He hasn't been too anxious. I've been talking to him. I've been with him on the daily. He's just been like keeping it cool."
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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.
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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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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.
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