Jordan Diggs is a Gamecock. He always knew he would be. And he’s still beaming about it.
“Been telling People since I was 5 that one day I would play for the Gamecocks just like My Pops & look Dreams Really do Come true,” he Tweeted in May, just before enrolling at South Carolina.
On Monday, after more than a month on campus, he said via Twitter: “Workouts went Great as Usual. Man I love being a Gamecock.”
Diggs (6-0, 197), a freshman from Island Coast High in Cape Coral, Fla., has not been shy about expressing his feelings for the Gamecocks. His father Shed Diggs was a linebacker at USC from 1984 to 1987.
“I grew up watching Carolina,” he told GoGamecocks recently. “Just about every time I watched a college football game, Carolina was playing somebody. Garnet and black is in my blood. I’m a Gamecock down to my feet. It’s in my soul.”
Diggs was rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, ESPN and 247Sports. Rivals ranked him the 11th-best safety in the country and 39th-best player in Florida.
He had 63 tackles as a senior at Island Coast and played with fellow freshman Mike Davis in the U.S. Army All-American Game.
Diggs chose the Gamecocks over Vanderbilt and Tennessee.
ESPN Southeast recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg called Diggs one of the steals of South Carolina’s 2012 recruiting class. Diggs’ 25-plus scholarship offers didn’t include ones from Florida or Florida State.
“He didn’t get a lot of love from the instate schools and I have a feeling they’re going to regret that down the line,” Newberg said.
Diggs is expected to play the spur position behind senior DeVonte Holloman this fall. “He can play a number of positions,” recruiting coordinator Steve Spurrier Jr. said after Diggs signed with the Gamecocks in February. “He can play any of the safety spots. Very talented, very athletic, great tackler. We think he adds a lot to our team. We’re really excited about him.”
Diggs said his goals this summer are to make a case for playing time and to earn the respect of his teammates. He also wants to gain weight, get faster and grow stronger – both physically and mentally.
“I’m just living a dream come true being that Carolina is my dream school,” he said. “I just want to go in and work. If I earn playing time, then that’s great. I know nothing is going to be given to me. It will depend on how hard I work and how well I grasp the playbook. If I do those things well, I expect to see the field.”