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Stefon Diggs officially signs 4-year contract with Vikings

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Stefon Diggs officially signs 4-year contract with Vikings

Former Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs has officially signed his first rookie contract with the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced on Thursday. 

According to a report from Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the deal is worth $2.507 million over four years and is not guaranteed. He also receives a signing bonus of more than $227,000. 

Diggs entered the NFL Draft after his junior season at Maryland, forgoing his final year of college eligibility. He was selected by Minnesota in the fifth round, 146th overall. 

Though he slipped into that fifth round, Diggs still brings value to Minnesota. His best chance at seeing consistent time early will be on special teams, as the team sees what he can do as a pass catcher. 

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He touched on the subject during a conference call with the media after being drafted.

"I am going to play all positions that they want me to play," he said. "Anything they ask me to do, I am going to bring it to the table. I want to contribute any way that I can to this team.

"As far as my game, I’m a play maker and a dominant competitor, outside of the game, on the practice field and in the game no matter where I am I like to compete at all costs and I love to win so that’s the type of attitude I bring to any situation. Now that I am a part of the family I look forward to working my butt off and doing everything I can."

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Maryland lands former Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson

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Maryland lands former Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson

University of Maryland head football coach Mike Locksley is back at it again on the recruiting trail.

On Monday, former Virginia Tech starting quarterback Josh Jackson announced his decision to transfer to Maryland. Jackson is the second quarterback in the last three weeks to commit to Maryland, as Locksley landed four-star prospect Lance LeGendre over Florida State on National Signing Day earlier this month.

Jackson has two years remaining of eligibility, and will be able to play for the Terrapins immediately.

The former Hokie entered the 2018 season as the starting quarterback, but suffered a season-ending injury in September. In 2017, Jackson started all 13 games for Virginia Tech, throwing for 2,991 yards and 20 touchdowns, while adding another 324 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. The Hokies went 9-4.

It's been a very busy offseason for the Terrapins quarterback room. Kasim Hill, who started the first 10 games of Maryland's season a year ago, announced he was entering the NCAA's transfer portal on Feb. 8.

Hill is currently recovering from a left ACL tear, his second ACL tear in as many years. 

After adding Jackson, the transfer will most likely compete with senior Tyrrell Pigrome for the Terrapins starting quarterback position. Pigrome entered the 2017 season as the Terps starter, but tore his ACL in Maryland's Week 1 victory over Texas. Hill beat our Pigrome for the starting position in 2018, but Pigrome closed the season out as Maryland's starter after Hill got hurt.

It's very evident that one of Locksley's main priorities after being named head coach was upgrading the quarterback position. The Terrapins aerial attack struggled significantly in 2018. In his 10 starts, Hill failed to throw over 100 yards in six of them. That's not good.

While there is no guarantee that Maryland's quarterback play will improve in 2019, one thing is for sure: the quarterback room will look a lot different.

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Maryland-bound Mitchell twins lead Woodrow Wilson to DCIAA championship

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Maryland-bound Mitchell twins lead Woodrow Wilson to DCIAA championship

For a third straight year, Woodrow Wilson High School took home the DCIAA title in boys basketball with its 92-48 thrashing of Roosevelt. 

Head coach Angelo Hernandez received double-digit scoring contributions from five players, including a team-high 17 from Darren Buchanan. 

The Maryland-bound Mitchell twins -- Makhi and Mahkel -- continued their efficient return to D.C. hoops with 13 points each. Makhi finished with a stat line of 13 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists. 

They're set to join Mark Turgeon's 2019 roster after a high school journey which started at Bishop McNamara (Forestville) and went on to the famed Montverde Academy (Florida) for a short stint with current Duke star RJ Barrett before returning to their D.C. roots for a final hoorah at Wilson. 

Up next for the Tigers? The state tournament.