Avalon All-Met Trevon Diggs always knew about the uncertainties that come along with the college football coaching carousel, but it only began to directly affect his life over the past week or so. A month ago he committed to Alabama. Now, though, with new Maryland Coach D.J. Durkin building a coaching staff full of assistants with local ties, he can’t help but re-consider his options.
“It’s hectic,” Diggs said Tuesday in an interview. “You build relationships with coaches and they end up going somewhere else. What are you going to do? Are you going to follow them, or stay where you committed to? It’s a hard decision.”
This is the exact scenario Diggs faces at the moment. Though he pledged to play for the Crimson Tide, one of the main reasons behind his choice was the presence of former Friendship Collegiate football Coach Aazar Abdul-Rahim, who had been serving as the assistant director of player personnel for Alabama Coach Nick Saban.
This week, however, Abdul-Rahim informed Diggs he had taken a job as the defensive backs coach at Maryland under Durkin. Suddenly, Diggs began to wonder what his next move should be. After all, the Terrapins would be a safe landing spot. Most assumed the four-star recruit would commit to Maryland in the first place after his brother, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver and 2011 All-Met Defensive Player of the Year Stefon Diggs, starred in College Park for three years after a prolific high school career at Good Counsel.
For Trevon Diggs, it’s a curveball to a long recruiting process he thought was over.
“I’m trying to deal with it day-by-day, but anything could happen,” said Diggs, who finished 1,269 receiving yards this fall. “I do have a close relationship with [Abdul-Rahim]. I am committed to Alabama, but I am talking to Aazar about some things.”
Diggs’s close friend, Maryland quarterback commit Dwayne Haskins Jr., must maneuver through a similar scenario. Haskins declined to discuss his recruitment during an interview Tuesday, but he and Diggs talk every day. Diggs believes Haskins, who starred at Bullis, will “still stay at Maryland,” despite suitors like LSU, Florida and Ohio State re-entering the picture since former Coach Randy Edsall’s firing.
The news that former interim Coach Mike Locksley was out recruiting with Durkin this week could help keep Haskins in the fold. DeMatha wide receiver D.J. Turner tweeted a picture from a home visit with both coaches Tuesday and an H.D. Woodson assistant said Locksley had planned a meeting at the school to convince Terrapins commit Parnell Motley (H.D. Woodson) not to take an official visit to Oklahoma this weekend.
But Diggs isn’t exactly sure what he will do at the moment. There’s a part of him that wants to stay loyal to his initial commitment. And yet, he sees coaches like Abdul-Rahim moving around to the best possible situation for their career.
He has a greater appreciation of all this now, which is why these next two months before February’s National Signing Day are sure to provide intrigue.
“I understand why [Abdul-Rahim left Alabama]. It’s a good fit. He’s home now,” Diggs said. “I feel like it’s going to attract a lot of talent here and I feel like a lot of people are going to end up going to Maryland.”
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