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Diggs talks Ohio State visit

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Last weekend, Cape Coral (Fla.) Island Coast defensive back Jordan Diggs made his way to Columbus, Ohio to attend the spring game at Ohio State.
"It was a great visit," Diggs said. "Finally getting up there and meeting the coaches. I had been talking to Coach (Taver) Johnson over the past few months, but to get up there and actually meet him, Coach (Jim) Tressel, and all of the players, was great. I got a chance to sit down and talk with Coach Tressel about everything that has been going on. He let me know that they are interested in me and that they can see me fitting in there."
After visiting the school and watching the team in action, the 6-foot, 191-pound safety said he believes he has a role at Ohio State, if he were to opt for the Buckeyes.
"I can see myself fitting in there too," Diggs said. "After talking with (cornerback) Travis Howard and other defensive backs there, it just made me feel really great about my opportunity up there. I liked all the people I met in the locker room and felt I would fit in really well. Also, all of the coaches are really good guys. They are all amped up about next season."
Diggs said that the Buckeyes like him as a safety, with him possibly growing into a rover down the road if he was to bulk up further.
"They don't play a strong and a free (safety), they play a left and a right (safety)," Diggs said. "They said they can see me fitting in at both spots."
During the spring game, Diggs focused on his prospective position heavily.
"They looked pretty good just sitting down in the stands and watching them," Diggs said. "I actually just keyed in on Orhian Johnson a lot, with him being a safety. I just watched him after talking with Coach (Paul) Haynes, who is the safety coach, and watched what they do with their safeties. I just really focused in on him and watched what he did and I could definitely see myself playing safety there at Ohio State."
Away from the field, Diggs didn't have to inquire about the recent controversy surrounding Ohio State's football program. He said that his primary recruiter, defensive backs coach Taver Johnson has kept him and his coach up-to-date throughout the entire ordeal.
"Coach Johnson, who is a great coach, I had been talking with him about everything throughout my recruitment and he has made sure to call my coach and make sure we are on top of it," Diggs said. "Everything that had been going on, I had been talked to about that. So that wasn't part of my conversation up there. I just asked Coach Tressel if he saw me fitting in and if he was going to be there and he just told me Ohio State is bigger than any one person there. He told me that as long as he is the best coach for the job and as long as he is healthy, he is going to be there. That was pretty much all I needed to hear."
"I have no concerns with regards to that," Diggs added.
While he came away very impressed with his weekend in Columbus, Diggs isn't rushing his recruitment.
"I liked Ohio State a lot, but I don't have a leader," Diggs said. "I need to go to other places and see different things. I am really high on (Ohio) State, but after getting back and sitting down with my mom and talking about the visit I wasn't ready to commit. I don't think I'll be ready to commit until after my senior season."
Diggs, who is now turning his focus to spring football with his new teammates at Island Coast, said he does plan to take an official visit to Ohio State during the season.
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