Maryland star wide receiver Stefon Diggs has decided to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL draft.
"After talking with my family during the past few days, I have decided to enter the NFL draft," Diggs told the Baltimore Sun Media Group. "We really thought about everything and weighed the pros and cons of staying at Maryland versus entering the draft, and we decided that this is the best decision for me.
"This was an extremely difficult decision. I signed with Maryland three years ago hoping to both put myself in the best position to be successful and also to help take my hometown school to a higher level. Coach [Randy] Edsall and my other coaches have been great to learn from, and coach Edsall has been great and helpful throughout this process of deciding whether to turn pro.
"There are great days ahead for the University of Maryland football program, and I hope I have helped to put the program in a better place than it was when I first got there."
A five-star recruit coming out of Good Counsel High School, Diggs ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in all-purpose yards per game as a freshman in 2012 and was an honorable-mention All-ACC selection last season despite missing the final six games due to a broken leg.
Diggs was a second-team All-Big Ten selection as a junior this season, finishing second in the Big Ten in catches per game (6.2) and fourth in receiving yards per game (79.2).
Diggs had 10 catches for 138 yards in Maryland's loss to Stanford in the Foster Farms Bowl on Tuesday.
CBSSports.com ranks the 6-foot, 190-pound Diggs as the 20th-best draft-eligible wide receiver prospect and projects the Gaithersburg native will be a fourth-round pick.
"I'm very happy for Stefon and the decision that he's made," Terps coach Randy Edsall said. "We had the opportunity to sit down, and I was able to present him all the information I gathered, and I told him I would support him 100 percent whatever decision he made. He took the time to weigh everything and look at all the information, and I'm fully supportive of his decision to enter the NFL draft. I know he'll do a great job.
"I can't thank him enough for all he's done for our program and what he got started for us here. A major player like him to stay home was very important for our program, and we can't thank him enough for everything that he's done for this program, and we wish him the very best and look forward to watching him on Sundays."