Jeff Diaku didn’t know much about football when he first got to Glenn and after the first year he played, he wanted to quit. But something clicked at the end of his junior season.
The Glenn senior joined three other Grizzlies in signing to continue their football careers at the collegiate level last week. Diaku and Jacob Trim each signed for Texas Lutheran, Matthew Hester signed with Concordia Wisconsin and Nate Hatter signed for Texas.
“I was new to this sport a couple years ago, so I didn’t know I was going to get to this point,” Diaku said. “I got used to it and worked hard and to better. Signing just shows how much work I put in the last three years.”
All four players were First-Team All-District selections after helping Glenn make a historic run to the district title and the third round of the playoffs in its first full year of varsity football.
Diaku, however, was only one of the group that was a unanimous selection to the list, racking up 58 tackles and 10 tackles for loss with a pair of sacks on the season on the dominant defensive line.
“Everybody this year played with much more heart,” Diaku said. “When we first started, it was about working together to get to this point. This year we all just went crazy and worked hard.”
Trim, who will continue to be his teammate in Seguin, played mainly at center but also shifted all across the offensive line. Coaches said he graded as one of best offensive linemen and had 24 pancakes this year.
“When I was a little kid, my dad always made me go outside in the cold and rain,” Trim said. “That’s what it takes to be a good football player, just being consistent and getting after it in the weight room.”
Hatter will be a preferred walk-on at Texas. At Glenn, he started as a linebacker as a sophomore, missed much of his junior year with an injury and had 23 receptions for 303 yards and three touchdowns as a senior.
Glenn head coach Rob Schoenfeld said he was an important blocker and allowed the offense to work in two-tight end sets.
Hester joined Glenn as a defensive player, switched to tight end as an underclassman and then switched back to defense for his senior year when he finished with 51 tackles and seven tackles for loss.
“It took everything to get here, and that’s why this feels so great,” Hester said. “I trusted the coaches here. I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world. All seniors did a great job of setting the standard of what a Glenn athlete needs to accomplish. I’m hoping we’re the smaller football class ever.”