UF coaches pay Diggs a visit
Published: Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 12:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 12:28 p.m.
OLNEY, Md. — Five-star wideout Stefon Diggs was in high demand Tuesday as Florida, Ohio State and Auburn coaches converged on Olney, Md., for school and in-home visits. While the Good Counsel senior remains mum about his plans, his head coach, Bob Milloy, says it seems unlikely that he will make his official announcement on signing day Feb. 1.
“He told me he's pretty sure he isn't going to be ready to sign by next Wednesday,” Milloy said. “I'm sure that when he makes his decision, he's going to be the happiest kid in the world just to be done with it.”
Diggs visited the University of Florida last weekend and Gator coaches followed with Tuesday's meeting.
“At the end of the day, sitting in the office, you had Florida, Auburn and four coaches from Ohio State,” he said. “And everyone's grabbing him and pulling him. All three of the schools met him at his house.”
Although Milloy says he hasn't spoken with Diggs about his visit to Gainesville, he admits he was somewhat surprised that Diggs' family accompanied him.
“I think his mother, her fiancÚ and his brother, the whole group, went down to Florida. Obviously they're taking it real serious,” he said. “That's the first time that's happened. I think he went to Cal by himself and I don't think anyone went with him to Auburn.”
Milloy also confirmed Florida assistant, Brian White, met with Diggs on Tuesday. When asked if Diggs' relationship with Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins could ultimately influence his decision, Milloy replied:
“I think that it would be a positive for Florida. They were teammates for two years and everybody likes and respects Jelani. I know that Jelani's mom and Ms. Diggs have spoken. I think Ms. Diggs called her and of course, Ms. Jenkins loves Florida. She's going to give it a great report.”
Former Florida and current Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer spent a considerable amount of time with Diggs at school and at the player's home. Milloy said the two had a great visit.
“Urban Meyer is a pretty strong character. He was there with Luke Fickell and two other assistants. They came ready to battle today and Urban's a very impressive guy,” said Milloy. “When he sits in your office and holds court, he's going to get your attention. Then they ended up going to his house for a couple of hours too.”
Diggs has tentative plans to visit Ohio State this weekend, but local obligations could prevent him from making the trip.
“He has SATs on Saturday morning, we have a football banquet on Sunday and supposedly, he's going to try to sneak a visit to Ohio State in there,” Milloy said.