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Giovanni Biggers: great student, better athlete

Moving from Virginia to Baltimore County at the beginning of his freshman year of high school, Giovanni Biggers was in for a big change both academically and athletically.

After being accepted into and enrolling at the The Boys’ Latin School, just outside Baltimore, Biggers had to acclimate to the private school’s rigorous academics and the competition of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).

Raised in Woodbridge, Virginia, about an hour south of Washington, Biggers has played football since he was 5-years-old and has had a love for the game ever since.

“He’s just so enthusiastic about the game,” said Edwin Schell, Biggers’ head coach at Boys’ Latin. “He works very hard to get his body in shape and is very coachable.”

At 6 foot 1 and almost 180 pounds, Biggers is a long, athletic defensive back with a knack for making game-changing tackles for the Lakers.

Described by Schell as aggressive and instinctive, Biggers can make plays in pass coverage and also while defending the run.

“My physicality – like running the alley and making tackles, and being able to cover top receivers – I think that’s what sets me apart,” said Biggers.

Standing out as a talent like Biggers is harder than most think, especially when considering his competition. Boys’ Latin competes in the MIAA, the Baltimore area private school league, which is ranked by MaxPreps as the seventh toughest high school football league in the county.

“You can tell the skill difference and the competition difference,” said Biggers referring to the challenges of playing in a conference like the MIAA, matching up against powerhouse programs like Gilman and Mcdonough.

Another difference Biggers had to get acclimated to while at Boys’ Latin was his academics.

Originally struggling to even pass his admittance exam into the prestigious private school, Biggers is now a regular on the dean’s list at Boys’ Latin and is enrolled in several honors-level courses for his senior year of school.

“They’re really genuine teachers and really care about what they teach,” Biggers said, “and it really makes me like my classes.”

Biggers’ academic prowess and athletic ability are evident in the long list of schools that have offered the three-star athlete in the class of 2019, which includes Yale, Northwestern, Maryland and Navy.

As of right now Biggers has yet to reveal his list of favorites, but Rutgers has stood out as a school that seems very interested in his skill set thanks to a connection he has with the coaching staff.

“I have a really good relationship with their corner’s coach,” said Biggers, “and we talk, mostly, every week.”

As this school year comes to a close, and summer workouts begin for Biggers he has a couple goals for the upcoming season: add some weight to his long, athletic frame and start to figure out what school is the best fit for him.