The season is winding down for Avalon (Gaithersburg, Md.) junior receiver Trevon Diggs, who is set to play in the Capital Area Football Conference championship game Nov. 7 against Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.). The 6-foot, 170-pounder, who holds upwards of 15 verbal offers, said he’s had a solid 2014 campaign, although he believes he’s actually played better as a safety and cornerback than at receiver.
“I’ll be honest, I feel like I really improved defensively and did a lot more on that side of the ball this year,” said Diggs, the younger brother of current Maryland receiver Stefon Diggs. “I had like eight picks this year, a bunch of tackles and a couple forced fumbles. I can’t even tell you how many catches I had off the top of my head, but I know I had those eight picks (laughs).”
Evidently Diggs has done enough defensively that he’s now convinced at least one of his many suitors that he’s better suited as a cornerback at the next level. And it just happens to be the school the Avalon product is most familiar with.
“Maryland actually said they want me for defense now. Other than that everyone else still wants me at receiver, but Maryland I think wants me for defense,” said Diggs, who claims verbals from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Nebraska. “And that’s something I’m thinking about. I would [play defense] if that’s what I’m asked. I wouldn’t have said that before, but after this year, I like safety and corner just as much as receiver. I’m open to playing defense.”
Speaking of the hometown Terps, Diggs was just recently in State College, Pa., to witness UMD’s 20-19 victory against Penn State. Trevon Diggs had plenty to say about the game, mentioning his brother’s on-field accomplishments (five big catches) as well as his off-the-field “activities” (no pregame handshake).
“Well, the handshake thing, I think that got Maryland all fired up. I haven’t really talked to [Stefon Diggs] about the whole thing yet, because it’s really not my business, but I did think it got Maryland fired up,” Diggs said. “Maryland wanted to play hard, and so did Penn State, and they were both going at each other all game. It was a great game, and Maryland showed they’re a real good team. It was a great victory for them.
“I wouldn’t say I was surprised [by the result], because going in I thought it was an even matchup. But I thought Maryland’s defense really stepped up and stopped one of my favorite quarterbacks, Christian Hackenberg. And Penn State’s defense, they played good too, and as you could see, it was a good show.”
Trevon Diggs attended the game with two other prime Terps targets, Bullis (Bethesda, Md.) quarterback Dwayne Haskins (who is also a PSU target) and DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) receiver Tino Ellis. Diggs and Haskins are very good friends, and both have discussed attending the same college.
“Dwayne and me, we were talking about the game, and he really liked it. The game spoke for itself, so there wasn’t a whole lot to say,” Diggs said. “Right now, he doesn’t really know what he’s doing [with recruiting]. There’s a lot of schools talking to him, but he hasn’t really thought about it with his season going on. He said he wants to finish out his season and then he’ll look more into it.
“We definitely want to go to school together, though. We’re going to be talking more about that later, and we’ll probably take visits together too.”
Trevon Diggs has now visited UMD and PSU multiple times this fall, and both schools are firmly in play for his services. The younger Diggs is claiming no early leaders, but he acknowledged the Terps and Nittany Lions are both “right up there for me.”
“Everyone is equal right now until I can see some more schools, but I like what I’ve seen at Maryland and I like Penn State,” Diggs said. “I have a great relationship with the whole staff at Maryland, and I’ve known Coach [Mike] Locksley forever. We talk about a lot of different things, and I’m very comfortable there. Maryland’s coaches, I could see myself paying for them. There’s nothing bad I can say about Maryland, and I think the program is going in the right direction. And I could say the same thing about Penn State too.”
Of course, there is the question whether or not Diggs would want to follow in his older brother’s footsteps in College Park, Md. In the past Trevon Diggs has said he wanted to “blaze his own trail,” and might look to go in a different direction than Stefon Diggs.
“Right now I would say [Stefon Diggs being at Maryland] has a 50 percent impact on my decision,” Trevon Diggs said. “Stefon has been there, done his thing and left his mark. So what I’m thinking is, I could go there too, do really well, and leave a mark too. Or I could go there and not do so well, and it wouldn’t look good. It’s something I’m thinking about and haven’t decided on yet.”
After Diggs plays in his championship game Nov. 7, he’s planning to take in another college game Nov. 15. He’ll either be back in College Park for Maryland’s bout against Michigan State, or he might head down to North Carolina. He’s not sure where he’s heading after that, but when he has more time he wants to take a southern swing in order to check out Georgia, Florida and Florida State.
“I’m going to take my time with this [recruiting], see a bunch of schools and then see what happens after that,” said Diggs, who has been hearing from UCLA and Rutgers recently. “It’s still early for me, and I’m not going to rush anything.”
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