Georgia Tech landed a commitment from a hometown star who some rate as the state’s best college football prospect on the offensive line.
Shamire DeVine, a 6-foot-7, 331-pounder from Tri-Cities High School, committed to Georgia Tech after his team’s spring practice on Wednesday night.
“I like the academics,” DeVine told the AJC.
DeVine, who was named OL MVP at last month’s Atlanta NIKE camp, had around a dozen offers, including UGA, Florida, FSU, Tennessee and Southern Cal.
“I picked Georgia Tech over Florida State, and I really don’t know who the third guy was,” said DeVine, who has a 3.0 GPA and wants to study Computer Engineering and Programming.
“Florida State was ranked in the top 10 in computers, while Georgia Tech was in the top three. So I chose the school with the best academics. I don’t really care about the football part. I just want the best degree I can get, as far as the field I want to study. That’s Georgia Tech.”
What about UGA? The Bulldogs were considered among DeVine’s frontrunners several months ago. “I don’t know why everybody thought I was going to Georgia,” he said. “Like I know people in the football community thought I was going to Georgia. All my teachers heard about that, looked at me and said, ‘With what you do here, we can’t see you at Georgia.’
“And I hadn’t heard anything from Georgia in about a month. They haven’t been contacting me.”
While DeVine said he’s 100-percent committed to Georgia Tech, he plans to take official visits to two other schools. “One of the visits will be to the UK [Kentucky] because they were the first school to offer me a scholarship. I’m also going to Florida State because I promised them I would.”
DeVine is a 4-star who is ranked as the nation’s No. 19 prospect at offensive tackle by Rivals.
He is the second prospect to commit in two days, following in the footsteps of RB Donovan Wilson of Dublin, Ohio.
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