State’s No. 1 OL prospect commits to Georgia Tech over FSU

Georgia Tech-bound Shamire Devine won MVP honors at Atlanta NIKE camp (AJC)

Georgia Tech-bound Shamire DeVine won MVP honors at Atlanta NIKE camp (AJC)

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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642 comments Add your comment

GT Fan

May 16th, 2012
10:11 pm

Sounds like a great, intelligent young man!

Welcome to the Flats Shamire.

George Stein

May 16th, 2012
10:12 pm

Boom goes the dynamite!

Suck it, haters.

savannadawg

May 16th, 2012
10:12 pm

Best Offensive lineman in Georgia!!!!!! Really??????

NW Jacket

May 16th, 2012
10:12 pm

moneymark

May 16th, 2012
10:13 pm

cool this is someone i really wanted

bobby

May 16th, 2012
10:15 pm

kid got a 19 on act

Moobs Johnson

May 16th, 2012
10:17 pm

Welcome aboard, you’re coming to the right school if you don’t really care about the football part

Ugahater715

May 16th, 2012
10:18 pm

And boom goes the dynamite!

South GA Jacket

May 16th, 2012
10:18 pm

Nice. Welcome aboard. The recruiting is starting to pick nicely. It would be interesting to see if he could switch it up and play nose on the D. Either way, it’ll be nice to have some beef in the trenches.

Moobs Johnson

May 16th, 2012
10:21 pm

Lucky you are a four star, if not I would pull my offer if you go on visits to greener pastures, er I mean other schools.

Snoop Dogg

May 16th, 2012
10:23 pm

Wow after looking at that picture, I wonder where I can some of whatever he is smoking.

Dawg1

May 16th, 2012
10:25 pm

Congrats to the Jackets.

Wishing the kid great success while at Tech and on the field as well (except of course one game in November a year).

Superios

May 16th, 2012
10:26 pm

I didn’t realize “computers” was a degree. He show do sound smart.

Ugadawg

May 16th, 2012
10:28 pm

Interesting to see Tech get a couple commits in the past few days. Rivalry is best when both teams are good. Best of luck to the young man.

JACKETfan12

May 16th, 2012
10:33 pm

6′7 333 lbs.?? Sounds like TJ Barnes. Hopefully he can play at a good pad level.

bigdawg

May 16th, 2012
10:34 pm

“don’t care about the football part” means I don’t care if you’re going to Tech…their loss…Go Dawgs!

NW Jacket

May 16th, 2012
10:34 pm

Keep’em coming! We need this type of quality student-athelete. That is a high character student that puts education at the top. It’s ashamed more kids don’t realize the education will contribute to the individual’s success much longer that the sports career will even if they are fortunate enough to advance to the next level. I went to Tech on a sports scholarship but the education is what has steered me down my career path after the sports career fizzled out. If a player is fortunate enough to make it to the pros, the average career lasts 3.5 years. It is sad parents don’t influence their kids on those realities more!

tenn.DAWG

May 16th, 2012
10:34 pm

Great pick up for Tech,good luck.

ToeMeetsLeather

May 16th, 2012
10:35 pm

The first of the “big uglies” for 13′. Welcome to the Flats big guy. Now for some beef on the D-Line.

Eleven more spots for a FREE TECH degree. Better grab them fast prospects!

OkieDawg

May 16th, 2012
10:35 pm

WOW!!!I, I’m in a state of shock. Now this is a great pickup for GT. He has it all…smart…great kid…etc.. BUT…for God’s sake, WHY???

ROZEMAN13

May 16th, 2012
10:37 pm

I thought CPJ pulls your offer if you commit, then visit another school! Just wondering—–

Masters Champion

May 16th, 2012
10:40 pm

Smart. Athletic. Renaissance Man! Now go kick some Dawg Butt!

McDonut

May 16th, 2012
10:40 pm

WHY? Because there is more to life than hanging out with people who take dumps in the Law LIbrary foyer……

masivatack

May 16th, 2012
10:40 pm

Wow, that’s what a offensive lineman should look like. Good get, Tech!

Masters Champion

May 16th, 2012
10:41 pm

Some of the Dawgs commenting here are actually coherent today. What’s with that?

Supersize that order, mutt

May 16th, 2012
10:45 pm

OkieDawg

May 16th, 2012
10:45 pm

Where is Super?…He must be crapping hinself.

wes

May 16th, 2012
10:45 pm

Awesome news for the Ramblin’ Wreck!

Anyone know which coach was recruiting Devine?

FL Jacket

May 16th, 2012
10:49 pm

Wes…Buzz Preston, who also signed Custis.

GTfan2012

May 16th, 2012
10:49 pm

Don’t know if Devine has a twitter account, but I’m sure WnE will get on there and tell him that all he will do at GT is chop block.
Welcome to the flats young man.

Keith Brookings Taint

May 16th, 2012
10:49 pm

Sweet! We need some war daddies up front to plow holes.

DawginSewer

May 16th, 2012
10:50 pm

WEsss ntos getss himese. Chaolsks sayses he ttoo smarts for seresw dawgs.

Ruggs, Fufffs, Ruffses

BigTimeTECHFan

May 16th, 2012
10:52 pm

Sweet,
Great choice, hope it turns in to a package deal with the other OL player at Tri-Cities

Will be blocking for the 2 great RB’s committed to Tech

ToeMeetsLeather

May 16th, 2012
10:52 pm

ROZEMAN, CPJ only pulls the offer if the kid does not clear the visit with him in advance.

Superios, it’s called a Computer Engineering degree. It’s what they are doing in the office while you ride around on the forklift out back.

nash

May 16th, 2012
10:53 pm

Wow I have seen film of the kid and, he is the truth. There was a rumor that there could be a package deal with the Tri City three ( Devine, Hall and, Threat) which would fill a couple of need for Tech’s class with quality players. Good luck young man and, keep the weight down

Stumpknocker

May 16th, 2012
10:57 pm

Why Oakie Dwag ? Because this school is ranked in the top 3 in the computer studies he wants. Seems the kid is smart enough to know that football isn’t everything.

BigTimeTECHFan

May 16th, 2012
10:57 pm

Add fact that O’Reilly inrolled at Tech this week, that’s 2 OL added, if Hall commits that would be 3

wes

May 16th, 2012
10:57 pm

There’s been a lot of Scrotie McBoogerballs Georgia fans on the Tech blog lately.

Offseason at the public library must be heating up! Enjoy the single-ply tax payer funded TP, dwags!

Rick James

May 16th, 2012
10:59 pm

Dont get too excited..He plans to visit other schools so in CPJ’s eyes he’s not really commited.I really wanted to say something positive,I really did..I hope he sticks.

Supersize that order, mutt

May 16th, 2012
10:59 pm

I think once we get Brandon kubalow from Walton high school, we’ll be done with o line recruiting this year.

O W

May 16th, 2012
11:00 pm

Going to the right school:

“I don’t really care about the football part”

Good luck with that Tech Fans.

FL Jacket

May 16th, 2012
11:05 pm

Rick James…even Francis Kallon took visits to Auburn with Trey Johnson (his HS teammate) after he committed. The difference is he informed CPJ about it first.

I doubt you’ll read this far and let it go though…

Now this is how you make a prediction.....

May 16th, 2012
11:05 pm

WnE

May 9th, 2012
1:37 pm
re:
Shaun O’Reilly said that there has been conversation between his son and Tech since he decided to transfer, but asserted that no decision had been made.

“We’ve talked,” he said. “We know the school very well from when he was recruited as a [high-school prospect]. It’s a great school and it has a ton to offer.”

During his high school recruitment, Tech was the first school to offer O’Reilly, listed in his Auburn bio at 6-foot-3, 325 pounds, and he made multiple visits to the school during his recruitment.
____________

My theory is that the Dad/Son are ONCE AGAIN using GT as a fall-back option.

Coming out of HS GT was the first school to offer him, but he waited and balked at GT, and then proclaimed Auburn as his “dream school” and that he always wanted to play in the SEC.

Now he’s looking to transfer, and once again he & his father are using GT to try and shake the trees for another offer from another BCS-level school that can give him the opportunity to play in a “somewhat pro-style offense” so that he can increase his chances to play in the NFL.

My theory is that he & his father don’t feel that CPJ’s offense will give them the chances to show they can pass block “enough” that would appeal to NFL scouts.
—————————-
WnE – a legend in his own mind – maintains his track record.

collegeballfan

May 16th, 2012
11:06 pm

If he is visiting other schools he is not really committed, he is leaning at best.

BigTimeTECHFan

May 16th, 2012
11:06 pm

” I just want the best degree I can get, as far as the field I want to study. That’s Georgia Tech”

FL Jacket

May 16th, 2012
11:07 pm

SS…I’d prefer Delando Crooks, Brandon Kublanow, and the Jeremi Hall in that order.

I think WR shouldn’t need any more with O’Reilly coming on board, but you can never be too deep at the OL position…just ask the Mutts

Keith Brookings Taint

May 16th, 2012
11:09 pm

Nash

Does he look nimble enough for down field blocking? I love the size but mobility in our offense is as important.

Supersize that order, mutt

May 16th, 2012
11:09 pm

Rick James, mutts like you and Wes need to get off our board.

Paul in NH

May 16th, 2012
11:09 pm

Good luck to the kid. I hope he does well on and off the field.

chavez ravine dawg

May 16th, 2012
11:11 pm

Awesome commit for you boyz to block for that incredible backfield of 4stars you have!