His decision has been imminent for almost a month, and April 4 local cornerback Travon Stott (Good Counsel/Olney, Md.) finally committed to the University of Maryland, keeping the DMV-to-UMD Movement humming. The 6-foot, 175-pound Stott returned to College Park, Md., with his mother and younger brother, Good Counsel freshman corner Tremayn Stott, to let head coach Randy Edsall know his intentions.
“I knew Maryland was my school ever since I got the offer [March 5]; it’s the school I’ve wanted to go to for awhile now,” said Stott, the fifth area recruit to join the hometown school. “But before I made my decision I just wanted me mother to go up there and see what Maryland was like, and my little brother too, since he’s going to be recruited in a couple years. They both loved the school, and we’re all really excited to be part of the Terps’ family. Coach Edsall and all the coaches down here welcomed us in, and we’re just excited to be part of the Movement and to keep this thing going.”
Now that Stott’s in the fray, he plans to take up the torch, much like previous Terps pledges D.J. Turner (DeMatha/Hyattsville, Md.), Lorenzo Harrison and Good Counsel teammate Keandre Jones have done.
“I’m definitely going to start looking for players that can bring that Maryland swag to the hometown school. Just like D.J., Lo and Keandre did with me, now it’s my turn to help out,” Stott said. “So I’m definitely going to be on some guys. Hopefully we can get Dwayne [Haskins] in here soon. I know he likes Maryland a lot and was just up here [April 3].”
The purpose of Stott’s April 4 visit was mainly so his family could see his future destination, but the Falcons’ corner once again raved about his campus experience.
Particularly his exchanges with the staff.
“The coaches at Maryland are great. Coach Edsall, he’s been asking me when I was coming on board, and he was the one coach to take a chance on [offering] me,” Stott said. “He’s a really good person, a really good coach and he has things moving at Maryland. He was telling me how if I came in and worked hard, I could help take [UMD] to another level and be part of something big.
“And Coach Locksley, I’ve known him since my freshman year, and we have a great relationship. He’s a great recruiter and a great person to talk to. He’s been talking to my mom a lot, and he’s been answering all her questions about the academics, the program, things like that. My mom really likes Coach Locksley too. We feel like we can trust him and all the coaches at Maryland.”
In reality, Locksley and Edsall didn’t need to do much selling. Stott was practically Terp-eyed ever since Keandre Jones committed to Maryland last December – and really even before that. Stott had watched former Good Counsel great Stefon Diggs star at UMD, while former teammates like Wes Brown, Zach Dancel and Jesse Aniebonam sand the program’s praises as well.
Stott mentioned how the likes of Diggs, Brown and Co. preached the hometown movement at junior days, and then continued to talk up the Terps when they returned to Good Counsel for workouts.
But, really, it was Stott’s current teammate, Jones, who convinced the cornerback Maryland was the place to be.
“Keandre has been reaching out to me for months now, and we’ve been talking about me committing to Maryland ever since I got the offer,” Stott said. “He’s been telling me, ‘Just go ahead and [commit]; you already know you want to go there (laughs).’ So he was real happy for me when I finally committed, and then like Lo [Harrison], D.J. [Turner], we’ve been talking a lot too. I think with all of us on board, and then getting some other guys from the area in here, we can make history at Maryland.”
One of the main reasons Stott believes that’s possible is Maryland’s impending facility upgrades. The Good Counsel corner saw the plans for the first time during a February junior day, one of his many trips to campus, and said the new indoor practice fields; underground tunnel; upgraded weight room and more would attract prospects near and far.
“To compete in the Big Ten and win a Big Ten championship like Coach Edsall wants, you have to have facilities like Ohio State, Penn State, schools like that,” Stott said. “And I think with what they’re building at Maryland, it’s going to be awesome. It’s going to be huge for recruiting.”
As for Stott personally, he probably would have committed with or without the upgrades. In reality, the Good Counsel corner wanted to play with his friends, wanted to play in front of his mother (she lives 30 minutes from campus), and wanted to suit up for the school he grew up watching.
Given that, it was no surprise when Stott announced his intentions to pop well before stepping on campus April 4. Not that the UMD staff took his commitment for granted; they rolled out the red carpet for the Stotts nonetheless.
The Good Counsel product said his family enjoyed touring the school, meeting academic advisors and speaking to various coaches. Meanwhile, Stott himself had the opportunity to sit in on position meetings, watch the Terps scrimmage and learn even more about the program’s inner-workings.
“The new DB coach [Darnell Perkins], he seems like a really good coach. I feel like he can help me a lot,” Stott said. “The way he was explaining the scheme and the defensive backs’ responsibilities, it was real good. I think I’ll fit in well there.
“But Coach Locksley, Coach Edsall, all those guys, they’re great to talk to and they tell it like it is. I liked talking to them, and my mom did too.”
Stott paid close attention to Perkins and his defensive backs during the scrimmage April 4. The Good Counsel corner said the team as a whole “did real good, they were intense,” but he especially enjoyed watching No. 4 in action.
“Just seeing someone like Will Likely, who’s kind of like me since he’s not the biggest cornerback out there, seeing him standing out – that’s something I look at too,” Stott said. “He’s able to do what he does because he works hard and doesn’t back down, and that’s how I play too. So I feel like I can really be successful at Maryland.”
Stott also praised the curriculum at Maryland, the academic support offered, as well as the campus itself, which appealed to his entire family.
“Maryland is the right fit for me; there’s no place I’d rather be,” said Stott, who has been hearing from Toledo and Iowa, but claims no other offers. “Even if I had some of these others schools come after me and reach out to me, Maryland is my home. I get to play 30 minutes from where I live and represent the DMV. That’s awesome.”
Stott has actually been representing the DMV on football gridirons around the state since he was four years old. He said he joined the youth leagues early and quickly caught on with the renowned Montgomery County Chiefs program, which produced Stefon Diggs.
Stott may not have displayed the raw talent a young Diggs did, but he certainly did enough to be recruited by the likes of DeMatha, St. John’s (Washington, D.C.), Carroll (Washington, D.C.) and other nearby high school powers. Naturally, he chose Good Counsel “because Stefon played there and I wanted to follow in his footsteps.”
Now, he’ll be following Diggs to the college level as well.
But only time will tell if Stott can also leave a mark on the program.
“Even though I’m not a 6-3 corner like colleges like these days, I feel like I have the speed to run with smaller receivers and the physicality to play with bigger guys,” said Stott, who recorded three interceptions in an injury-shortened (torn labrum) 2014 campaign. “I do have to work on my footwork and my hips in off-coverage, but I can press, I can play back, and I feel like I have a nose for the ball. I’m looking forward to helping Maryland win big when I get there.”
Stott 'Always Wanted To Be' At UMD
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