The Missouri Tigers had success in their 2010 recruiting efforts down in Angleton,TX, by scoring a commitment from RB/DB Henry Josey. It appears as though they are hoping to strike twice in a row down there with 2011 CB/S Quandre Diggs, 5'10"188lbs 4.41, by extending him an offer.
" I do have an offer from Missouri." Diggs said in a recent interview with ShowMeMizzou.com. "I have had one from the Tigers for a little while now. They were my first."
As seems to happen with most kids the Tigers offer, more seem to follow shortly afterwards. Diggs has received multiple offers since then and has more on the way.
" I also have offers from Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Arkansas,Nebraska, Baylor and Tulsa. Both TCU and Kansas State have told me that offers are on the way ,and I expect to get an offer from Texas when I go up to Austin for their junior day coming up soon."
Diggs earned many honors including All Greater Houston area and All-District MVP after rushing for over 1,200 yards, passing for over 500 and accounting for 21 total touchdowns as a Angleton's QB,and also recording 97 tackles, 3 INTs and 2 sacks from his safety position.
While he displayed very good offensive ability, Quandre told me that all of the schools who have offered see him playing on the defensive side of the ball. Primarily at cornerback or safety.
"I have a lot of fun on offense and returning kicks and punts, but playing defense is where schools want me."<>It is no surprise that colleges are recruiting him for defensive back. Playing the position seems to be in his genes as he is the younger brother of former Texas and current San Diego Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer.
Diggs talked about his relationship with his brother and what impact it may have on his recruitment.
"It has been great having someone like Quentin as a brother to mentor me and help teach me things about being a better football player. He has taught me everything I know really. We are close and I am going to see his playoff game this weekend."
With his brother being a Longhorn alum, I asked if he felt much pressure, either from him or because of his brother's success there to go to Texas.
"He and I have talked about it, and while Quentin and my parents will both play a big part in my recruitment and helping me decide where I will go, they know it means a lot to me to make my own decision. I want to make a name for myself and do what's best for me. If that means Texas then fine. If it means Missouri or some other school then that will be fine as well."
While Texas may have family to help steer Quandre in that direction, the Tigers also have someone close to him that will try and influence him to come to Missouri in Henry Josey.
"Me and Henry are best friends." said Diggs. "He is my boy and we have sat down and really talked about it and talked about Missouri and playing together in college. I know a lot of people tried to talk to him about playing close to home, but he loved it at Missouri and that is where he really wants to go. He says a lot of good things about it and the coaches."
So have those talks helped Missouri's cause at all?
" I will definitely be taking an official visit to Missouri. I don't really have a top 5 list set but they are in it and if I had to list my top schools I am interested in I would say it is Texas, Missouri, Florida, Alabama and Oregon."