Shared DNA doesn’t always equal to shared athleticism for brothers, but it sharing DNA seems to mean something when it comes to college football. Stephon Diggs was at one time a top recruit and later a star at Maryland before moving on to the NFL. Now it’s his brother Trevon Diggs who is the top recruit.
Time will tell if he follows in his brothers footsteps and becomes a Terrapin, but he has plenty of other top schools like Alabama, Penn State, LSU, and Tennessee that would be happy if he decided to forge his own path someplace else.
Diggs is an easy athlete. He’s got some burst, but is smooth and fluid in his movement. He has good top end speed. He is a little slim right now, but has the frame to get add and should be able to be a solid 200 plus. His height has been listed in the 6’0″ to 6’2″ range. Whatever his height is, he plays tall.
He stars on offense and defense for his high school at wide receiver and corner respectively. At receiver, he shows natural hands and snatches the football away from his body. He runs a limited route tree, but has the footwork to become an outstanding route runner. He is a bit lackadaisical with it right now because he can change speeds and out-athlete the guys who are covering him. If he works at it, he is the kind of player who could devastate cornerbacks with double moves.
He will go up and high point the football and will win 50/50 footballs. That goes for him on defense as well because he adjusts so well when the ball is in the air. He has a big catch radius and great ball skills that helped him come down with nine interceptions on defense.
He is a good player after the catch because of his lateral agility and ability to make people miss. He can take it to another gear to gain big chunk yardage. He isn’t a tackle breaker at this time.
I don’t think his future is at corner, but he obviously has the length and great feet to play there. He is mostly just an athlete out there reacting rather than someone who plays with good technique and is too high in his backpedal, but he can get out of his breaks so well that he gets away with it. I can I only imagine if he was more efficient with his technique how good he could be.
He has natural instincts in zone and that’s why he was able to come away with so many interceptions. He jumps routes because he knows what’s coming and the interceptions come after that.
I think he has the tools to be very good in the slot as well as the outside as a receiver.
Unfortunately for Stephon, injuries affected how productive he was even though he was a difference maker when healthy. Trevon can be a similar difference maker and has the tools to be a number one receiver at the next level.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach)