The fireworks of National Signing Day appear to be over, but a several major programs still look to close out its 2012 recruiting class with a bang.
Stefon Diggs will take his final official visit to Maryland this coming weekend before deciding between the Terps, Auburn, Florida and Ohio State on Feb. 10.
A few big fish remain uncommitted, electing not to sign anywhere on Wednesday.
Five-star Diggs to announce on Feb. 10
The biggest catch of them all would be five-star receiver Stefon Diggs. The Olney (Md.) Good Counsel standout appears to be down to four programs in Auburn, Florida, Maryland and Ohio State, and this weekend he’ll take his fifth and final official visit to the nearby Terrapins’ campus before announcing his college decision during a press conference at his school on Feb. 10.
One-time considered an Auburn-Florida battle, it looks like the Buckeyes made up some ground on Diggs’ official visit to Columbus last weekend, and Maryland is making a late charge led by recently hired offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.
Early playing time has always been one of the biggest factors for the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Diggs, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 10 prospect overall. Wherever he signs, the electric playmaker will be tough to keep off the field as a true freshman.
Neal looking at six
It looks like it could be even longer before its known where four-star athlete Davonte Neal will be headed.
The Under Armour All-American out of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral is thinking about taking an official visit to Oklahoma the weekend of Feb. 10, and he still wants to take an unofficial to Arizona before deciding. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Neal has taken previous officials to Notre Dame (Dec. 9), Ohio State (Jan. 13), Arkansas (Jan. 20) and North Carolina (Jan. 27), and it looks like all of those schools remain in the mix.
Will Jordan Diamond cap an excellent Michigan recruiting class, or will he decide for Arkansas, Auburn or Wisconsin instead?
One of the things the Neal camp said they’d be watching was how each program’s recruiting class rounded out, and where he may fit the best.
Diamond to commit on Friday
Chicago (Ill.) Simeon four-star offensive tackle Jordan Diamond has scheduled his announcement for the evening of Feb. 3 at his school, with Arkansas, Auburn, Michigan and Wisconsin as the finalists.
The Wolverines may be the favorite with Diamond having taken 12 visits to the Ann Arbor campus over the last two years, but he has a great relationship with the Auburn coaching staff, really enjoyed his two trips to Arkansas, and is fresh off his last official visit to Wisconsin.
Diamond was expected to sign with one of his four favorites on Signing Day and wait to go public until Friday, but as of Wednesday afternoon, we had heard he hadn’t decided yet.
-Alex Kozan committed to Iowa on Jan. 29, but three days later the Littleton (Colo.) Valor Christian three-star offensive lineman failed to send in his letter-of-intent. He chose the Hawkeyes over Auburn and Michigan, and it appears both of those programs remain in the picture. Kozan has gone quiet, so when he makes his final decision is up in the air.
-Anthony Standifer committed to Michigan back in June but the two parties went their separate ways in December. The Crete (Ill.) Monee cornerback appeared to be Notre Dame bound following an official visit to South Bend in January, but a lack of a Spanish credit will keep Standifer out of an Irish uniform. Last weekend he took an official visit to Boise State and still has upcoming trips to Vanderbilt and Pittsburgh before he decides. Illinois may also be in the mix as well.