In a highly-anticipated signing ceremony, Saucon Valley High School star track and field athlete Talitha Diggs announced her college decision in front of a crowd of around 100 coaches, family members, supporters and friends in the high school auditorium Monday.
“I’ve been blessed to be recruited by over 70 colleges and universities,” said the senior, who stood on the stage before playing a video which ended with her moving her arms to imitate an alligator’s “chomp” (a movement popularly known as the “Gator Chomp”) in front of a wall that displayed her chosen school’s readily identifiable logo.
“I will be continuing my academic and athletic career as a Saucon Valley product and a proud member of the community at the University of Florida,” Diggs then announced.
The announcement elicited loud cheers and applause from attendees who included Saucon Valley Athletic Director Bob Frey, Superintendent Dr. Craig Butler, high school principal Tamara Gary, family members and friends.
Frey said last week that Diggs would decide from among Louisiana State University, the University of Florida, Stanford, the University of Texas, the University of South Carolina and the University of Southern California.
Diggs, of Lower Saucon Township, is the daughter of retired U.S. track and field Joetta Clark Diggs.
“Without God I wouldn’t be where I am, here, today,” she said.
After her announcement, there were many photos taken and a cake specially decorated for the occasion was served in her honor.