Two and a half years ago, heading into Urban Meyer's first National Signing Day with the Buckeyes, there was arguably no player more coveted by Ohio State recruitniks than Stefon Diggs.
Diggs was the complete package, and a beyond prototypical fit in Meyer and Buckeyes offensive coordinator Tom Herman's offense. While you hear a lot about the so-called "Percy Harvin role," no one player has come closer to living up the lofty standards the name bears than Diggs has – in his short time playing closer to home at Maryland instead of for the Buckeyes.
While the Good Counsel (Olney, MD) product's battled through some injury woes (not unlike Harvin himself), few players are as electric in college football today as the 6'0, 195 pound offensive weapon.
So will it be strange going against a coach he came so close to playing for before ultimately deciding a week and change after NSD '12 to play for Randy Edsall and the newest members of the Big Ten, the Maryland Terrapins, instead?
"I'm not going to say it's weird facing him at all. I know he's a great coach as you can see the things he's done at Ohio State already," Diggs said. "I think nothing but the best of him as a coach and as a person."
That's not to say Diggs isn't ready for the challenge of going against OSU and Meyer for the first time on the field. And the subtext of their recruiting relationship won't factor heavily into how he approaches the contest.
"As far as him recruiting me, things don't always go as planned," Diggs said. "I'd say I had to do the best decision for me. I still think the world of him as a coach and a person."
"At the end of the day, I just can't wait to play [them]."
The Buckeyes and Terrapins meet for the first time as Big Ten East divisional opponents Saturday, Oct. 4 in College Park, MD.