Wootton’s Trevon Diggs on familiar track

July 12, 2013

Wootton rising sophomore Trevon Diggs, right, already has offers from Virginia and Maryland. (Photo courtesy Wootton football)

Before he’d ever suited up for a high school football game, Trevon Diggs happily tagged along whenever he could as major college programs applied a full-court recruiting press to land a commitment from his older brother, Stefon.

Stefon Diggs talked about staying close to his family when he ultimately picked the University of Maryland from an impressive list of suitors in February 2012, but the former Good Counsel standout’s thorough approach to the recruiting process also afforded his younger brother an up-close look at the lavish facilities and sprawling stadiums of the nation’s elite.

“I just thought it was all really cool,” said Trevon Diggs, who joined the 2011 All-Met Defensive Player of the Year for unofficial visits at Florida, Ohio State and Auburn, among others.

Thanks to that experience, Diggs has a better command of the national recruiting landscape than most 14-year-old prospects, a fact that should serve him well as his own recruitment gets started.

A rising sophomore at Wootton, Diggs appears headed on a similar track after garnering early scholarship offers from Virginia and Maryland last month. As the 6-foot, 166 pound wide receiver/cornerback gears up for his second varsity season, many of the same schools that courted his brother have already reached out to Wootton Coach Tyree Spinner to express their interest, notably Florida State, Michigan, Rutgers and Syracuse.

“It’s nothing but sky’s the limit,” Spinner said. “The only thing that can really get in his way is himself at this point.”

After spurning several of the area’s top private schools to join Wootton late last summer, Diggs proceeded to become a two-way starter and also returned kicks. As his brother emerged as Maryland’s most dynamic offensive threat, the freshman posted 37 catches for 769 yards and seven touchdowns for the Patriots, who went 4-6 in 2012. (Highlights here.)

In an interview in the cafeteria of his Rockville school on Thursday afternoon, Diggs said he’s set 1,000 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns as his goals for his sophomore season. He’ll again catch passes from rising junior quarterback Sam Ellis, and Spinner said he also plans to use Diggs as a Wildcat quarterback at certain times this fall.

“He’s going to be a tired guy on Friday nights,” Spinner said. “I think he’s ready for it.”

Diggs is confident those statistical goals are reachable in large part because he’s matured physically (He played at 5-10, 150 pounds in 2012.) and has grown more comfortable with his surroundings. Some wondered if he might jump to a private school for his sophomore season, but he said he’s never wavered in discussions with his mother, Stephanie, about his desire to stay put.

“Everybody on the team is really chill,” said Diggs, who turns 15 on Sept. 20. “You feel like a family. Everybody plays together. Everybody works hard. Everybody is dedicated to football and wants to win. It’s the perfect fit.”

Spinner actually limited Diggs’s exposure to college coaches this summer with a majority of his travel centered on competitions with his elite 7-on-7 team.

Diggs was at a 7-on-7 tournament in Charlottesville with his high school team when Virginia Coach Mike London extended his first scholarship offer on June 15. He’ll be back on campus later this month for team camp with the Patriots.

Two days later, Diggs attended his lone one-day camp of the summer at Maryland and received another from Coach Randy Edsall. He arrived for Thursday’s optional lifting session wearing a pair of Maryland shorts and later noted that his brother was also offered by the Terrapins after his freshman year.

With Stefon taking classes in College Park this summer, Trevon Diggs, who finishes up his own summer English course on Friday, hasn’t had as much time to train with his brother as he would like. He said when possible their sessions are beneficial, focusing on details that seem small, such as staying low through routes and getting off the line through press coverage.

Though Diggs has blazed his own path with the decision to attend a public high school, he’s grateful to have a model to follow, whether it’s on the field, in the classroom or on the recruiting trail.

“I try to do things my own way,” Diggs said, “but a lot of things are just naturally the same, you know?”

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