5-Star Recruit: "Auburn Sitting Good for Me"

Maryland high school star Stefon Diggs talks about his weekend in Auburn and recruiting plans as he picks a college.

Olney, Md.--Saying he "felt comfortable" on his official visit to Auburn over the weekend, five-star wide receiver Stefon Diggs gave the trip a major thumbs up review.

"Overall, it was probably my best visit, both unofficially and officially," he said. "It is a family. It felt at home."

He said what really stood out were the people he met. "My hosts were great people--the young ladies showed me around and toured me. Just the people in general. It is a family environment. I felt like I fit in."

Rated Scout.com's No. 2 wide receiver prospect in America, Auburn star wide receiver Emory Blake, a junior from Austin, Tex., was his player host. "He is a good guy, a very humble guy," said Diggs, who noted that he enjoyed hanging out with Auburn's leading receiver for the 2011 season.

He noted that Auburn wide receivers coach, Trooper Taylor, is another person he spent a lot of time with over the weekend.

"That is my man," Diggs said. "I am going to call him ‘Pops' from now on because that is a good guy, somebody I can build a relationship with. We are really making progress. If I chose Auburn I wouldn't mind playing for him. He is a great coach and he is coaching a great group of guys."

Diggs also met with head coach Gene Chizik, who has not named an offensive coordinator to replace Gus Malzahn. "We all had the same ideas," the wide receiver said. "I don't want to go into too much detail," joked Diggs, who called Chizik his "genie in the bottle" when it comes to having knowledge about the coach's choice to run the offense in 2012.

"He is a good guy," said Diggs, who had talked to Chizik via phone but had not meet him in person on his previous visit to Auburn. "We got off to a good start," the wide receiver said. "First impressions are the best impressions. It was just great to finally meet him in person, look him in the eye and have a real conversation man to man."

Diggs said he expects a followup in-home visit from Chizik in the next week or two. "To be honest, Auburn is sitting good for me--it is a pretty good spot," he said, noting that Florida where he will visit next week, Southern Cal, Cal and Maryland are in the mix.

The five-star said that he plans to take another recruiting visit after the Florida trip next week and then take his SAT the following weekend. He then plans to make one more official visit and then chose his college several days after Feb. 1st, which is national signing day.

Commenting on his other finalists, Diggs said, "They need help at receiver. All of those schools are great schools. USC, I feel like I would learn my first year there and get a little bit of playing time, but I would have a lot of learning.

"Other than that Maryland is still in the mix," he said. "I have a good relationship with Coach Loxley--he is a good guy.

"Florida, I have a good relationship with the coaching staff," he said. "It is kind of my environment. I am very charismatic so I kind of fit in down there. I have been there and have had a good time. I am pretty close friends of Jelani (Jenkins) and he speaks nothing but good things about them so I?would be a fool to not take a good look at them." Jenkins played high school football at Our Lady of Good Counsel, where Diggs is the current star.

"I feel comfortable with the coaching staff at Cal," he added. "I feel like I would fit in."

Diggs said that he will announce his decision at a press conference in February. Commenting on the major factors for his college choice, he said, "Mostly playing time. Location is not that big of a deal. I don't mind going far away. A couple of hours never hurt anybody. Playing time, family tradition, being comfortable where I am at. I got to be able to stay there."


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