Pasadena man is `most eligible'

Contest: A Duke University lacrosse player was chosen in a nationwide Cosmopolitan magazine search.

June 27, 1999|By Devon Spurgeon | Devon Spurgeon,SUN STAFF

He says he is not exactly a hunk. That underneath the washboard stomach and bulging biceps, he is just a sensitive man who loves to play with his dog.

But when the editors of Cosmopolitan magazine got their hands on photos of Scott Diggs, a 22-year-old Pasadena native, they named him Maryland's most eligible bachelor.

Photographed on the campus of Duke University clutching his lacrosse stick, Diggs takes up a full page in the summer special issue devoted to -- what else? -- men. He is one of 50 designated hunks, one for each state.

"I think it is funny, actually," said Diggs, as he fiddles with his necklace. "I was like, great, you know, whatever. I am really surprised they picked me."

His sister sent the magazine's selection committee four photographs of her younger brother, two of which were action shots of him playing lacrosse for Duke and on a national team in Japan.

"I had always seen those ads in magazines," said Kristen Diggs, a 24-year-old computer firm sales associate in Towson. "Everyone was always talking about how good-looking he was and how good he was at lacrosse. Now he was a good age for me to enter him."

Along with the title, the magazine printed his motto, "Your heart is free. Have the courage to follow it," from the movie "Braveheart." Cosmo also printed the address of a Pasadena post office box where women could write him.

About three dozen woman have written so far, all saying that this is their first time writing to a hunk.

"I am not desperate," wrote one woman.

Most of them share his astrological sign, Taurus, and claim to be touched by his passion for exercise and lacrosse.

"I just enjoy working out," corrects Diggs, who graduated last month from Duke. "I have so much energy during the day."

A woman from Campbell Hall, N.Y., wrote that she felt a special connection to his glossy photograph in the magazine.

She closed her letter with a line from her favorite poem: "No prison walls are big enough to hold your dream."

Diggs says he replied to only one letter, from a special education teacher at Chesapeake Bay Middle School in Pasadena. Although Diggs went to the school before transferring to Loyola High in Towson, his admirer did not teach at Chesapeake while he was there. The two-time All-American lacrosse player graduated from the all-boys' school in 1995.

Diggs said he will not have a chance to enjoy his new status much. He is spending the summer rehabilitating his knee after tearing a ligament playing lacrosse.

Maryland probably will lose its hunk before long. Diggs said he hopes to move to Washington to work for the FBI or CIA.

Pub Date: 6/27/99

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