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PSN Catches Up With Aliquippa Star Cornerback MJ Devonshire



MJ Devonshire is a name that’s been in the national recruiting circles for the last couple of years.

However, the star Aliquippa cornerback has been in the local news a lot lately after finally receiving an offer from Pat Narduzzi and Pitt.

It seemed to be a forgone conclusion that Pitt had no shot of landing him, after waiting until late May to extend a scholarship offer. But that may not be the case. While it’s probably still a long shot, Narduzzi and company are aggressively trying to make up some ground with Devonshire.

In the month of June, the four-star cornerback made back-to-back weekend visits to Pitt. Tuesday afternoon, in an interview with Pittsburgh Sports Now, Devonshire said he’ll be heading to the South Side Wednesday with his father to talk with the Pitt staff.

There’s been a definite change in the level of interest between Pitt and Devonshire.

“Once Pitt got the new cornerbacks coach they just start recruiting me harder,” Devonshire said. “Then, once they offered me, they’ve really been after me hard. Our relationship is definitely better than it was a month ago. They’ve been telling me that despite offering late, that they’ve always been interested.”

Many people believe that Pitt got in too late with Devonshire and that will be too hard for them to overcome. Is that the case?

“That didn’t really matter to me,” Devonshire said. “For some other people that might bother them but for me I honestly don’t care. That won’t impact me.”

As far as Wednesday, Devonshire doesn’t really know what’s on the agenda, he just knows he received an invite from the staff and accepted it.

Keep in mind, from the end of June to the end of July, there’s a dead period in college recruiting, meaning no contact or visits from coaches or players. Maybe Pitt wants to get in one more good conversation with Devonshire while they’re able to.

Devonshire said that after the dead period is over, he’d like to come out with a Top Five schools and narrow his search from there. Currently, he holds offers from Pitt, Ohio State, Michigan State, West Virginia, Maryland, Indiana, Oregon State, Syracuse, Temple and Toledo.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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