TOWSON, Md. -- In a nonconference bout between Calvert Hall (Towson, Md.) and Avalon (Gaithersburg, Md.), the host Cardinals emerged with a victory against the visiting Knights. TT was on hand to scout four-star senior Avalon receiver/corner Trevon Diggs, who ended up with a reception for eight yards, to go along with a tackle and a pick (he only played one half due to an ankle injury).
Our take on his game is below, while an interview can be viewed above:
With Trevon Diggs, the brother of Minnesota Vikings receiver and former Maryland star Stefon Diggs, it’s all about upside potential. The 6-foot-1.5, 185-pounder has the chance to be a special college player, either as a receiver or cornerback, provided he continues developing and refining his craft.
Physically, Diggs possesses ideal size for either skill position, his length and wingspan translating well to the FBS level. The Avalon product has long arms, large hands and a plus-vertical leap, allowing him to make plays out wide or in the defensive backfield.
Wide Receiver Breakdown
As a receiver, Diggs has a rapid-fire get-off, releasing easily off the line and promptly entering his route. He’s smooth, nimble and fluid, running relatively tight patterns. For a high schooler, Diggs displays precise footwork, with a knack for finding openings in-between zones. He can ably execute slants, outs, hooks and crossing patterns in the short- to intermediate range. It follows that Diggs gets in and out of his breaks well and seamlessly changes direction. He can turn on a dime, break off his pattern, and deke inside before cutting back outside.
A long strider, Diggs can cover ground quickly, gliding by defenders downfield and readily taking the top off the secondary. Moreover, Diggs has plenty of burst, allowing him to accelerate by cornerbacks on deep balls.
Plus he’s physical enough to defeat the jam without being knocked off his pattern. Diggs uses his hands well and knows how to “throw” corners while maintaining his stride.
Speaking of physicality, Diggs is not afraid to mix it up in the air or over the middle, either. He actively high-points passes and will rise up with defenders to corral jump balls.
A natural pass catcher, he uses those long fingers and strong hands to snatch balls before cradling them in. He’s not a body-catcher, nor will he drop many catchable passes. And you won’t see him “alligator-arm” balls or brace himself upon hearing “footsteps.”
Furthermore, Diggs has above-average body control, with a penchant for making the tough catch. He can straddle the sideline and come down in bounds, or toe-tap before falling out.
Diggs can create yards in the open field too. He’s elusive in space, showing the ability to sidestep defenders and dart through tight windows. He’s also durable enough to fight through arm tackles and churn out extra yards after contact.
To improve, Diggs mainly has to become more consistent. All of the above qualities are what FBS programs are searching for in a potential No. 1 wideout, but Diggs doesn’t always stay on-point.
Throughout the course of a game his fundamentals tend to lapse, his footwork and route running compromised. And when Diggs isn’t the intended target, or Avalon decides to run the ball, he’s not always the most willing blocker. Diggs has to give effort every down or he’s going to disappear, turning out the occasional jaw-dropping play followed by long, inadequate stretches.
Furthermore, Diggs has to keep honing his route running, expanding his arsenal to include even more complicated patterns. He’s done fine work at Avalon, but fact is he only executes the basic route tree. Additionally, Diggs has to learn how to disguise his steps, bate defensive backs and other tricks of the trade expected of potential high-impact recruits.
Also, Diggs must continue adding muscle so he can hang at the FBS level. While he ably defeats jams and challenges defensive back in high school, the Gaithersburg native will need to bulk up to deal with elite college corners.
On defense, Diggs has developed into a potential top-flight corner given his wherewithal to hang in both zone and man coverages.
Although not always tested, Diggs is resilient in press, playing right up in receivers’ faces. The four-star has active hands, working to jam his man and knock him off his route. When the wideout releases, Diggs’ fluidity and athleticism allow him to swiftly turn and run downfield. He possesses both the long speed to track deep and the short-area quicks to cut, change direction, and stay with the receiver. Diggs also has nimble footwork, taking rapid, sudden steps while rarely getting crossed up.
Typically, the Avalon corner can stick to a wideout’s inside hip, mirroring the route. Again, he uses his hands well to maintain position, refusing to be pushed outside.
Just like on offense, Diggs is active in the air, high-pointing and challenging receivers for jump balls. He has an above-average vertical leap and standout body control, which he uses to sky above wideouts and come away with a pick or breakup.
Diggs also diagnoses and reads well, actively anticipating patterns. Therefore, Diggs usually is within a stride or two of a receiver, but if a wideout does get behind him he has enough recovery speed to catch up. He’s not a pure burner, but Diggs can motor when the situation calls for it.
In zone, the Gaithersburg native does his best work bee-lining forward and undercutting shorter patterns. He seemingly dares quarterbacks to throw in his direction, sitting several yards off his man before planting his foot; firing downhill; and bursting underneath. It only helps that Diggs has those lengthy arms, which allow him to extend and disrupt the passing lane when he can’t quite front the receiver.
In intermediate/deep coverage, Diggs easily flips his hips and breaks down well in space. His transitions are on-point, the corner effortlessly turning to run downfield or cutting inside to defend crossing patterns/slants.
One key area Diggs needs to improve is his tackling out on the edge. While he can turn backs to the inside, he tends to whiff every now and again. Diggs isn’t always willing to stick his nose in a pile, either.
Moreover, Diggs has to keep working on the mental parts of his game, namely his field awareness. He can diagnose well enough at the high school level, but he’s not required to read complicated routes or defend against heady signal callers.
Also, while Diggs is physical, he’ll need more overall strength to have the same success jamming and challenging receivers in college.
Finally, just like at receiver, Diggs has to be more consistent. Sometimes the Avalon corner will get lazy in coverage, his reaction time slow and his footwork imprecise. This typically occurs when he’s not tested, Diggs seemingly “going through the motions.” That’s hardly a problem against Diggs’ current competition, but FBS wideouts will make him pay for missteps and misreads.-->