Bowman, the Good Counsel assistant, said Diggs "is all about winning. Obviously they would double or triple-team him (in high school) and he would say, 'I've got two guys (on me). Why don't we work the other side of the field.' "
It didn't hurt Maryland's recruitment of Diggs that former Terps wide receiversDarrius Heyward-Bey and Smith have been drafted into the NFL in recent years in the first and second rounds, respectively.
"I think he realized that he didn't need to go away — go out of state — to reach all his goals," Hull said. "As far as receivers, we've got first and second-rounders, so why do you need to go somewhere else?"
Monday was the first opportunity for Diggs to meet with reporters. Diggs and other Maryland freshmen will now be off limits until they have played in a game.
Diggs, who wore a red Maryland polo shirt and black sweat pants, avoided questions about personal goals for the season. He seemed intent on talking about the team.
"I haven't done anything yet," Diggs said. "I am of the firm belief that you have to earn respect. You've got to be humble but you've got to be hungry, also."
Diggs has no visible tattoos. But on the inside of one arm, close to his chest, is the word "self." The word "made" is in the same spot on the other arm.
Asked if he wanted to elaborate on being "self-made," Diggs replied: "It's self-explanatory."
Note: Maryland said Monday that players' names will appear on the backs of at least some of its jerseys. That represents a change from last season. The school also displayed helmets with a multi-colored, horizonal "Maryland Pride" stripe.
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