The News-Sentinel sports staff will feature a different verbally committed player for the four NCAA Division I football programs (Ball State, Indiana Notre Dame and Purdue) in Indiana leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 5.
Here is today's Ball State featured commit:
Hometown: Downers Grove (IL) North High School
Weight: 200 pounds
Commitment date: Jan. 3, 2014 (recruited by Cardinal assistant Justin Lustig)
Other scholarship offers: Toledo, Western Michigan, Eastern Illinois, and Bowling Green.
Ranking: Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and No. 44 on the Rivals.com Illinois high school postseason top 45; Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.com and 36th in state of Illinois; and rated 100th nationally by Scout.com.
Ball State depth chart at position: Redshirt junior Ben Ingle, redshirt junior Trent Toothman, Redshirt junior AveryBailey are the top three returnees at outside linebacker for Ball State (4-3 alignment).
Scouting report: At this juncture, Diggs is the one of – if not the – most highly thought of Cardinal recruit in this class. He was originally committed to Toledo, but decommitted in August. Diggs had visted Ball State last spring and received an offer at that time. He has played multiple positions in high school and on both sides of the ball. However, he is mostly projected as an outside linebacker for Ball State, but could gain weight and get onto the line at end. Cardinal coach Pete Lembo prefers to redshirt as many freshmen as possible, but if a guy can contribute immediately, he'll be asked to. Cardinal first-year linebackers Stu Stanley and Sean Wiggins both saw action this season. The Cardinals graduate just one of their top four outside 'backers from 2013 and have a number of young players seeking an opportunity at the two outside positions this spring. At 200 pounds, Diggs will have to gain 15-20 pounds to really be at the level next fall where Cardinal coaches would like.
On Jan. 31, Diggs decommitted from Ball State and pledged to play at Connecticut.