March 11, 2010

Longhorns pick up No.18

When Quandre Diggs left the Texas Longhorns' second junior day without a scholarship offer, the star athlete out of Angleton couldn't help but be curious, and a little disappointed.

As one of the top football players in the state, a player that bleeds burnt orange and a young man with Texas ties (he's the younger brother of former Longhorn all-American Quentin Jammer), Diggs was a player that most felt was all but a lock to commit during the junior day visit. Instead, he left the Texas campus on February 27 with no scholarship offer and without a really good feel on where he stood in UT's recruiting plans.

Less than two weeks later, Diggs has his answer of how he fits in, and it's good news for both the talented playmaker and the Texas program.

After talking to UT assistant coach Major Applewhite on Tuesday and receiving a verbal scholarship offer, Diggs made the call on Wednesday night to end his recruitment and give Texas a commitment, the Longhorns' 18th pledge of the 2011 class.

"We'd been in communication since the junior day," said Diggs. "When I talked to Major, he emailed me (on Tuesday) and said they had good news. He told me to take a day or so to talk about it with my family and coaches. I called him last night and told him that's what I wanted to do, I wanted to be at Texas. It's always been my dream school. I want to keep the Texas tradition in my family."

A player that does a little bit of everything for Angleton, there's been a lot of talk among recruiting fans on just where Diggs could best help a college program. Will he follow in his brother's footsteps and play defensive back, or will he wind up on offense at either running back or receiver?

Applewhite told Diggs that UT will simply bring him in as an athlete and they'll figure out where he can best help out once he gets on campus.

"He just said that's where they wanted me, at Texas, and they were recruiting me as an athlete," Diggs said. "At first, everybody thought I was being recruited as DB. "When I get on campus, the coaches will find out where they're play me."

The 5-10, 188-pound Diggs was holding more than 20 scholarship offers, including formal invitations from programs like Alabama, Arkansas, Cal, LSU, OU, Rice, Stanford, TCU, Tennessee, Texas Tech and Texas A&M. When Texas came calling, it was an easy call for Diggs.

"I've grown up around Texas my whole life. Every time I go to that campus, I fall in love again," he said. "I've grown up bleeding orange. I bleed orange to this day. When I told my family, they all said hook 'em, that's where they wanted me to be. That's where I wanted to be.

"I grew up around Shaun Rogers, Casey Hampton, Roy Williams - I wanted to be a Longhorn, keep that tradition going."

With the commitment so fresh, Diggs has not yet had a chance to talk to the other coaches that have been recruiting him, but he plans to do that soon. In fact, the blue-chip prospect has not even had had a conversation with Texas head coach Mack Brown, but the two are going to touch base on Thursday.

"When I call the other coaches, I'll let them know I'm committed to Texas. It's 100 percent. I'm committed. I'm not going to change. No way, no how."

Diggs ranks No. 26 on the most recent Lone Star Recruiting Top 100. As a junior, he rushed for over 1200 yards (7.4 ypc) and 14 touchdowns while passing for just shy of 500 yards.



 

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