Shortly after announcing his college plans in an elaborate ceremony at a College Park bar back in February, former Good Counsel standout Stefon Diggs struck a more serious tone in discussing his motivations for staying close to home at the University of Maryland.
The 2011 All-Met Defensive Player of the Year said he eschewed a lengthy list of high-profile suitors to become a Terrapin in part so he could more easily follow his younger brother Trevon’s high school career.
While Stefon Diggs is scheduled to make his college debut on Saturday against William & Mary, Trevon Diggs will kick off his high school career at Wootton a day earlier. First-year Coach Tyree Spinner said the 14-year-old cornerback/wide receiver will start on both sides of the ball for the Patriots in Friday night’s opener at Whitman.
Trevon Diggs had been expected to reclassify and begin his high school career next season, likely at a local private school. Spinner said Diggs considered enrolling at Good Counsel, Georgetown Prep, Gonzaga and Landon among others before deciding to play at the Rockville public school near his home.
“Trevon wanted to stay away from the private schools right now because following in the footsteps of Stefon is hard to do,” said Spinner, who takes over a team that won four games last fall and has made just one postseason appearance since 1991. “I think he wants to make his own mark on Montgomery County.”
Spinnner, who was Wootton’s junior varsity coach last season, didn’t get confirmation of Diggs’s decision until midway through the summer. He credited a fortuitous family connection with sealing the deal. This summer Spinner learned that his half-brother, Marcus Diggs, is related to the boys’ mother, Stephanie Diggs.
Trevon Diggs started out at the bottom of the depth chart when he attended University of Virginia team camp with the Patriots last month. Spinner, who played tight end for the Cavaliers after attending high school at Paul VI Catholic, said he wondered early on if Diggs would spend the season on junior varsity.
Instead, the 5-foot-10, 135-pound Diggs quickly showed that he belonged on the varsity first-team, flashing the ability that earned him notice in recent years playing youth football for the Montgomery Village Chiefs of the Capital Beltway League. While Diggs is undersized for now, Spinner said the size of his feet and hands suggest he’ll fill out to a similar build as his brother, who is 6-foot-1, 185 pounds.
“If you don’t get hit, it doesn’t matter how small you are,” Spinner said. “He has the ability to make people miss, and when I say miss, I mean miss completely. It’s pretty crazy to watch some of the things he can do.”
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