Jordan Diggs visits Vanderbilt

Jordan Diggs, the U.S. Army All-American safety from Cape Coral, Fla., made an official visit to Vanderbilt last weekend. He made his first official a week ago to Nebraska and has two more planned with Tennessee and South Carolina, but left Nashville Sunday excited by what he saw.


"It was awesome," Jordan Diggs said of his visit to Vanderbilt. "It was quite different from what I experienced at Nebraska, but unique in its own way. The atmosphere was cool. The fans believe in Coach Franklin. He has the support of the whole community and plays a big role in the community."

Diggs got to see a familiar face when he arrived in Nashville. Freshman linebacker Jimmy Stewart, who was part of Franklin's first recruiting class, was his player host.

"Jimmy went to my high school," said Diggs. "He showed me around. I talked with a lot of the players. We met up with Sean Richardson, Jordan Matthews, and Casey Hayward. I also spent a lot of time with Coach Franklin, my recruiting coach, Wesley McGriff and Coach (Bob) Shoop, the defensive coordinator.

"I like the school a lot and the direction of Coach Franklin. They're losing some close games, but you can tell they're just a few players off from pushing it over the edge."

Diggs, 5-foot-11, 193-pounds, recently was declared eligible to play by the Florida High School Athletic Association. He had played previously at Bishop Verot in Fort Myers. They would question the transfer to Island Coast in Cape Coral, which happened last March. After a lengthy investigation, causing Diggs to miss his first four games, he was cleared to play.

"It was awesome to be reinstated," Diggs said. "Last week when we played my former team (Bishop Verot) I had two interceptions and seven tackles. I'm playing 10 times smarter than I did last year with my decisions and reads. I have a better knowledge of the game, and I'm avoiding making mental mistakes. I feel like I've improved in all areas."

The Island Coast Gators are 6-1. They defeated Bishop Verot 44-7 just prior to Diggs' trip to Nashville. They can win their District this week with a win over South Fort Myers. November is a busy month for Diggs with the upcoming playoffs and two more official visits scheduled.

"I'm going to Tennessee November 5th when they play Middle Tennessee State," said Diggs. "Then I'll be at South Carolina on the 11th (of November) when they play Florida. The plan was to announce my decision at the Army game. I may just wake up on morning and decide to commit if that's what my heart is telling me to do."

Island Coast has excellent senior running back Mario Pender, a Florida State commitment. They also have Mike Dumas, a defensive back, with a dozen offers including one from Vanderbilt.

Jordan Diggs plays safety and also sees time at wide receiver. He plans to play basketball in the off-season and put on more muscle weight. He wears No. 2 for the Gators.

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