November 20, 2011
Diggs talks Spartan visit and future plans
This weekend Michigan State hosted one of the top players on their recruiting board for the class of 2012, safety prospect Jordan Diggs of Island Coast High School in Florida. SpartanMag.com caught up with him and got some details on his visit and his recruitment.
The 6-foot-0, 195-pound Diggs has been one of the top targets for Head Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff since the ink was barely dry on the class of 2011. Rated a 4-star prospect and the #12 player at his position in the nation by Rivals.com, Diggs has been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Diggs camped at Michigan State this summer and was a standout performer. After attending camp, Diggs spent a few extra days in East Lansing getting to know more about the program. We asked Diggs what he liked about his official visit this weekend to see the Spartans clinch the Legend Division title.
"Getting reacquainted with all of the guys I met when I was up there this summer," Diggs said. "I have kept in touch with some of the commits and players I met this summer so it was good to see them again. Just making sure Michigan State is a place I can see myself playing the next 4-years."
Who are some of the players and commitments you have gotten to know and spent time with this weekend?
"I have gotten to know quite a few guys," Diggs stated. "Johnny Adams is someone I have spoken with. My host this weekend was R.J. Williamson. I hung out with him and some other guys like Trey Waynes and Shilique Calhoun. I have kept in touch with MacGarrett Kings by text and Facebook. He keeps telling me to keep Michigan State in mind. Josiah Price is another guy I have kept in contact with. This weekend I was also able to meet guys like Ezra Robinson and Se'Von Pittman so that was good."
The visit to Michigan State was Diggs' 4th official visit so far. He has already been to Nebraska, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Diggs has one more visit scheduled for this coming weekend when he will travel to Columbia to see South Carolina. The Gamecocks will host arch-rival Clemson. SpartanMag.com asked him about what he is looking for on his visits.
"I am trying to learn as much as I can about each school, asking questions to the coaches about the program. I also ask them how they envision me fitting into the system and what type of plan do they have in place for success. I also talk to the players and ask them about what they think about things. I would like to have an opportunity to play early so that is something I am looking at as well."
The Spartans graduate All-Big Ten safety Trenton Robinson and Isaiah Lewis will be a junior next fall. Diggs talked about his thoughts about his chance to play early at Michigan State.
"I have talked with Coach Barnett, Coach Dantonio and Coach Narduzzi about things. I know they are graduating Trenton Robinson. I know R.J. Williamson is a talented guy who could step in and play for them, but I also know that the opportunity is there to get on the field. I am confident in my ability and I know the staff is going to play the best players no matter what class they are in."
As many people know, Diggs has family ties at South Carolina and at Michigan State. His father was a Gamecock and his brother was a Spartan. We asked him if his dad or brother have given him any advice.
"Yes, they have encouraged me to take my time and enjoy the process. They know how things can change so much. They have told me just to take a close look at each school and make a decision that is best for me. I know they would love to see me at their alma maters, but I know they will be supportive of me no matter where I attend."
Diggs went on to state that Coach Barnett and Coach Dantonio are expected to come down and see him in the coming weeks. Coach Barnett will be down pretty frequently due to recruiting that area. Coach Dantonio will be down for the in-home visit.
Diggs plans on making his college choice known at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in early January.
Note: SpartanMag.com asked Diggs about the weather. He mentioned that it was "cold", but not that cold." Diggs understands that playing on Sundays means cities such as Green Bay, Boston, New York, Pittsburgh or Chicago. He also knows that his brother went from East Lansing to the NFL.
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