Diggs Talks "Major Offer," Plans Summer Visit

Jordan Diggs

Island Coast High (Cape Coral, Fla.) safety Jordan Diggs picked up a big offer last week from Notre Dame, and it is a school is his very familiar with. One of his best friends is an Irish freshman, and Diggs talked about what the offer means, his relationship with the coaching staff and much more.

When Island Coast High (Cape Coral, Fla.) safety Jordan Diggs received a Notre Dame offer last week, he viewed it as a crowning moment in a high-profile recruitment.

But the 6-foot, 195-pound Diggs views the Irish as much more than a trophy offer, and he plans on showing that when he takes an unofficial visit to campus in the summer.

"It was a major offer," Diggs said. "Having a bunch of offers, I knew that Notre Dame was one I really wanted to have. Once you get a Notre Dame offer, it's pretty big-time. It's the notoriety that comes with it.

"Notre Dame, I know so much. You can talk about the amazing tradition when you think about Notre Dame. Of course, you know about academics and it being a Catholic school, and stuff like. What's not to know about Notre Dame?"

One of the reasons Diggs knows so much about the Irish is his friendship with former Island Coast standout and current Notre Dame freshman defensive end Aaron Lynch.

"I have a close friend that goes to Notre Dame," Diggs said of Lynch. "He came down for prom and I saw him and talked to him, and maybe we're going to meet up for lunch and talk about Notre Dame."

The Irish waited to offer until assistant coach Bob Diaco had a chance to evaluate him during a practice at Island Coast. He said it followed a visit by Irish assistant Tony Alford.

"I've been talking to coach Alford a lot, and he said to just be patient with him," Diggs said. "It was one that was lingering out there, and they stilled needed to do some more homework, and to get down and see me physically with more than one coach.

"That was a big one. I really needed that."

Diggs has an impressive list of offers from across the country that includes Auburn, Michigan State and Ohio State, although Miami, Florida and Florida State have not offered.

He said his relationship with Alford stands out.

"Me and coach Alford talk a lot," Diggs said. "Coach Alford is a great guy. He's been straight forward. Before I transferred out of Bishop Verot (High) to Island Coast, he asked me why I transferred, and he listened to everything I had to say."

Diggs can play a variety of positions, but he believes his best spot is strong safety. He made 53 tackles and had two interceptions and a sack as a junior.

"I like to get in the box, doing a lot of stunts, and also I can cover," Diggs said.

With more than two dozen offers, Diggs has plenty of options, but he hasn't begun to sort through them yet.

He is in the process of making a summer itinerary, and it includes a trip to Notre Dame.

"I haven't been up there," he said. "Pretty much everything I know about the campus I've seen online, but I plan on taking a visit up there over the summer.

"My plan is to visit as many schools as possible over the summer, and then if I can, I'll try to cut down to a top five early. But I don't see that happening. I'll get it down to a top 10, though."

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