A little more than two years ago, Trevon Diggs decided to pass on private schools and instead begin his high school football career at Wootton. He didn’t want to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, Stefon, who starred at Good Counsel and is now a key offensive weapon at Maryland.
“I think he wants to make his own mark on Montgomery County,” former Wootton Coach Tyree Spinner said then.
Diggs, now a rising junior, reconsidered this summer. After Spinner’s forced resignation at Wootton and hiring at Avalon, Diggs and a handful of his teammates talked about the situation. Last month, they decided to transfer together to the small private school in Gaithersburg, sticking with their coach while also moving on to a more disciplined academic setting.
“Me and a couple of my friends, we discussed it, talked about school, about the relationship we had with Coach Spinner, stuff like that,” Diggs said. “We decided we should all just go over there, have a good school year, have a good season. … It’s a little more organized there, more disciplined, gets you ready for college.”
Avalon is an all-boys Catholic school, and students are required to wear dress shirts, dress pants, dress shoes, ties and sport coats to class each day. Diggs said he spoke to players there about the academic environment and is looking forward to a change.
“I feel because it’s an all-boys school, I’ll be able to focus more. There’s not a lot of distractions,” he said. “It’s a small school, so I think that will help me a lot.”
Diggs has spent the summer focusing on his conditioning and said he has not taken any college visits recently. He holds offers from several top Football Bowl Subdivision schools, including Clemson, Maryland, Virginia, Penn State and Nebraska.
Diggs finished with 78 catches, 1,103 receiving yards and 13 touchdown receptions at Wootton last season, claiming second-team All-Met honors. He will look to improve upon those numbers at Avalon, which finished 5-5 last season and competes in the Capital Area Football Conference.
Though Spinner, much of his coaching staff and some of Digg’s teammates will be the same, the wide receiver knows there will be an adjustment period on the field as well. Despite boasting a pair of prominent recruits two years ago, the Black Knights are not typically listed among the area’s elite private-school powers. Diggs said next year’s schedule will be significantly tougher than in years past.
“It should be different,” he said. “I feel like this year, our football [profile] is going to be raised to an extreme. We just need to work hard at practice. We’ve got the coaches, the players. We just need to put the work in.”
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