Last week at this time, it appeared that it would be Pitt and Ohio State battling it out for the services of Aliquippa cornerback MJ Devonshire. However, as is often the case in high school recruiting, nothing is what it seems to be.
Following his official visit to Pitt, plenty of news is surfacing concerning the talented Aliquippa star.
*The news of the day is that Ole Miss defensive backs coach Charles Clark made the trip to Beaver County to talk with Devonshire, his family and his coaches. Clark is spending the day in Aliquippa and will be meeting with Devonshire’s mother later today. Things have must have gone pretty well because PSN is told that he will be making an official visit to Mississippi next weekend.
*Another interesting thing that we’ve learned is that it appears West Virginia has renewed their interest in him. For the longest time, the Mountaineers were the front-runner for Devonshire but after signing three defensive backs in December, former head coach Dana Holgorsen stopped recruiting him because he felt they had enough defensive backs. It looks like new head coach Neal Brown doesn’t feel the same way, because on Sunday, he started following Devonshire on Twitter. Also, this past Friday, the first recruiting trip by Brown’s new staff was to Aliquippa to see Devonshire. I’m told that Brown made the judgement that his roster still needs a cornerback and they want Devonshire.
*The other school that could be trying to get in is James Franklin and Penn State. I’m told that Terry Smith has been staying in contact for the last two months and talked to Devonshire as recently as Friday, but as of now, no official visit to Happy Valley is planned.
*What about Ohio State? As of now, an official visit is planned for this coming weekend but Devonshire and his family are waiting to hear back from Ohio State’s defensive coaches to find out if he still fits in their plans and if a scholarship is still available.
*A new team that’s trying to getting involved is USC. Devonshire’s camp has made it known to programs that if they don’t personally come to Aliquippa to talk face-to-face, it’s unlikely they’ll take them serious. USC must be serious because, PSN is told members of their coaching staff are scheduled to come to Aliquippa on Thursday to meet with him.
*Finally, how did the official visit go to Pitt? A big goal was to see and feel how the Pitt coaching staff and Devonshire meshed and PSN has been told things went really well. Devonshire’s mother wanted to meet with and talk seriously with the coaches about her son’s future. That went well and she left very comfortable. Devonshire had long talks with Archie Collins and Randy Bates about X’s and O’s and how they envisioned him in their defensive scheme. At the end of the visit, Narduzzi assured Devonshire that no matter what and who commits to Pitt between now and his decision, that he would have a scholarship to Pitt. Narduzzi will be making his one and only home visit to see Devonshire sometime in early February.