Georgia Tech’s top football recruit for 2013 has won rave reviews after a sizzling summer.
Shamire DeVine, who committed to Georgia Tech over Florida State and others, is ranked as the state’s top prospect along the offensive line by Scout.com’s Chad Simmons — who also thought the 6-foot-7, 350-pounder from Tri-Cities High School was the best offensive tackle earlier this month at The Opening, which featured around 150 of the nation’s top players.
“He just keeps getting better and better; there’s no doubt he’s separated himself, in my opinion, as the top offensive lineman in Georgia,” Simmons said. “Georgia Tech is getting a heck of an offensive lineman with so much upside. He’s still underdeveloped physically, from a strength standpoint. He can get so much stronger in the upper and lower body. He may end up playing in college at 365 pounds.
“At The Opening, he was pushing people off the ball. His slide-kick has gotten so much better, as far as pass protection. He’s playing with much more of a better balance. He’s not lunging out and trying to hit people. He’s just a raw kid that gets better every time I see him.”
DeVine is part of a “package deal” that has committed to Georgia Tech, along with his Tri-Cities teammate and good friend, offensive lineman Jeremi Hall. Both are rated as 4-star recruits, and some of Devine’s other football scholarship offers were UGA, Florida, Southern Cal and Tennessee.
He’s ranked as the nation’s No. 11 offensive tackle by Scout.
DeVine caused some Georgia Tech fans to panic when he showed up at a Tennessee prospect camp this summer. “I was there to support my teammates who went there to try to earn scholarships,” he said.
Last week, DeVine made an appearance at Georgia Tech’s summer camp. “I didn’t participate but I went up there to meet our new quarterback [Damon Mitchell]. I like him. He was cool.”
Where do things stand between DeVine and Georgia Tech? “I’m 100 percent with Georgia Tech, but I want to go see the rest of the country.”
Does that mean DeVine plans to visit other schools? “I don’t know yet. I will have to talk that out with my future head coach [Paul Johnson].”
Where else would DeVine want to visit? “I want to go to Hawaii, California and New York – all the scenery places. But I’m 100-percent committed to Georgia Tech. There’s nothing on God’s green earth that will change my mind about that, besides them dropping me. That’s it. I love it there.”
NOTE: South Paulding fullback Josh Anderson committed to Troy during his visit on Wednesday.
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