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Three-Star Illinois LB Vontae Diggs Commits to UConn

UConn athletic director Warde Manuel and head coach Bob Diaco.
UConn athletic director Warde Manuel and head coach Bob Diaco.Elise Amendola/Associated Press
Jack MitchellContributor IFebruary 1, 2014

UConn football head coach Bob Diaco landed another three-star recruit today, receiving a verbal commitment from Downers Grove North (Ill.) linebacker/defensive end Vontae Diggs, who went public with his decision yesterday via Twitter.

Diggs, who according to Rivals.com also had offers from Ball State, Toledo and Western Michigan, joins Ansonia (Conn.) running back, fellow three-star recruit and newly-minted Parade All-American Arkeel Newsome and New Jersey wide receiver/defensive back Jamar Summers atop the Huskies' 2014 recruiting class, the first of the Diaco era.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound linebacker made his official visit to Storrs on Jan. 24, 2014 after de-committing from two schools, Ball State and Toledo, over the course of his recruitment.

Diggs is currently rated the No. 36 overall recruit in Illinois and No. 80 outside linebacker overall by 247Sports.com.

Despite being glaringly undersized at just 200 pounds, Diggs looks to be a player with intriguing versatility, capable of lining up at multiple front-seven positions. He could be slated to play either outside or inside linebacker if Diaco elects to implement a Notre Dame-style defensive scheme at UConn, given his frame and skill set.

One possible factor that could have played a role in Diggs' decision is UConn's recent history of developing linebackers and sending them to the NFL, with former Husky Sio Moore being drafted in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft and redshirt junior Yawin Smallwood likely headed for a second-day selection in the 2014 draft.

Diggs' history of de-committing is something to keep an eye on, but with National Signing Day rapidly approaching, Diaco and the UConn staff should more than likely be able to add him to the class, which now stands at 15 players.

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