BETHESDA, Md. -- The Avalon School, a tiny private institution in Montgomery County, just received a face-lift to its football program. Sure, Avalon had produced an FBS recruit or two in years past, including current Terps running back Jacquille Veii, but under new head coach Tyree Spinner, who moved over from Wootton High School, it could turn into a yearly talent factory. Now, it's going to take some work to reach the level of nearby Good Counsel (Olney, Md.), but Avalon could soon start producing at least one highly recruitable prospect in each class.
At this time, it's Avalon's 2016 crop that looks to be special. The headliner is Wootton receiver transfer Trevon Diggs, a national recruit, but there are at least two others to keep a close eye on. Track star Jaron Woodyard, a cornerback with 4.37 40-yard dash speed, is a surefire FBS target, while safety Joseph Maddox has a legitimate shot at college football's top levels as well.
"I cam to Avalon because of Coach Spinner, and he knows what he's taking about and how to get kids to the next level," said the 5-foot-11, 170-pound Woodyard, who transferred to Avalon from Watkins Mill just recently. "I've already got interest from Florida, FSU, Iowa, Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Old Dominion and a few others. I actually talked to a South Carolina coach, and he wants me to come to camp and show what I can do."
Woodyard has attended two college camps this summer. He started at Towson, where he blazed his sub-4.4 40, and after that hit Maryland for a team 7-on-7.
"Maryland is real nice. It's a great campus and really big. I saw some of the coaches there but I didn't really get a chance to talk to them, but it was a really nice place," Woodyard said.
The Avalon corner said he'd love to receive more interest from the local program. He has yet to come in close contact with area recruiter Chad Wilt yet but is looking forward to developing a relationship with him moving forward.
"A Maryland offer would be so great. Obviously it's the hometown school, and a program I grew up around. That kind of offer would really motivate me," Woodyard said. "I watched Maryland all the time on TV, and I know Stefon Diggs through Trevon [Diggs]. I also know Alex Twine, who is from the area, and I've met Deon Long before. So I've been around those guys."
Woodyard also said he'd like to hear more from South Carolina, Florida and Florida State. He said those programs are known for their "speed guys" and he envisions himself as a burner who can hang with the fastest receivers. In fact, Woodyard said he'd love to run track in college if given the opportunity, although his No. 1 priority if football.
"As a corner I'm always physical, I'm fast and I feel like I do my job the best all-around," said Woodyard who started as a freshman at Watkins Mills and had a combined 13 interceptions the last two years. "Man-on-man, zone, I can play both very well. And as a corner you have to be smart and know your opponent, and I feel like I'm very good with recognizing things teams are doing [offensively]."
While Woodyard is bound to receive his fair share of offers, Maddox has a bit of work to do, though he has the potential, according to Spinner. Standing 6-1, 185-pounds, he certainly looks the part, but now Maddox just has to prove himself at camp and on the field.
"So far I've gone to Towson, Virginia and Maryland for camps, and I feel like I'm getting better," said Maddox, who also came to Avalon by way of Watkins Mill. "I haven't really heard from any [college] coaches yet, but it's still early for me. I'm just going to keep working."
Like his teammate Woodyard, Maddox had a good time in College Park, Md., for the 7-on-7 event.
"I liked Maryland; it was nice," he said. "It was a good atmosphere and the campus is really nice. I'd love to hear more from them."
In addition to UMD, Maddox wants to draw Rutgers interest. He's originally from New Jersey and is familiar with the Scarlet Knights' program.
"I grew up in Jersey, so it would be great to hear from Rutgers," Maddox said. "But now I live in Maryland, so it would be really good to have [the Terps] get interested as well."
Last year at Watkins Mill Maddox played a variety of roles. He began as the team's quarterback before switching to receiver. In addition, he lined up at safety on defense. Maddox ended up catching about 16 passes, while recording one pick and 20 tackles as a defensive back.
"I can play a lot of positions, but I see myself as a safety at the next level," Maddox said. "I play sideline to sideline, I'm long, I'm physical and I'm a ball hawk. I have to work on my sped and my overall game, but I'm getting there."
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