Recruiting Diary: Georgia Tech-bound OL Shamire DeVine (Vol. I)

Some of Atlanta’s college football prospects will be writing a weekly diary for the AJC until February’s signing day. They will be sharing their thoughts, opinions, adventures and perspectives on the recruiting journey.

Shamire DeVine is the most highly-touted member of Georgia Tech’s 2013 recruiting class. Devine, who is ranked as the state’s No. 1 offensive lineman and a 4-star by Scout.com, committed to Georgia Tech over Florida State, while also considering football scholarship offers from Florida, UGA, Tennessee and USC. He pledged to Georgia Tech in early May.

Georgia Tech secured a "package deal" from Tri-Cities HS -- offensive linemen Jeremi Hall (left) and Shamire Devine

Georgia Tech secured a "package deal" from Tri-Cities HS -- offensive linemen Jeremi Hall (left) and Shamire DeVine

It feels good to be committed to Georgia Tech for this long. It feels as though I am slowly getting to know my future football family. I am used to it. It is safe to say, to me, they feel the same as my family at Tri-Cities High School. It isn’t like it’s something new because I have known [Georgia Tech assistant] Buzz Preston for a while now.

The biggest relief of being committed early is that I get less phone calls from recruiters. So now when I play my Xbox 360, I can play in peace and not have to stop. But I would still like to travel to colleges and see some places.

Right now, nobody is recruiting me harder than Georgia Tech. As far as other schools trying to recruit me, I don’t know if they are moving slow on me, or they just know Georgia Tech won’t give me up without a fight.

I did visit Georgia Tech this summer for one of the camps. I talked with Coach Paul Johnson and he said he was happy to have me on board with the Yellow Jackets crew. The highlight of that visit was to meet the rest of the 2013 crew of Georgia Tech commitments, and eat lunch with them..

Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson landed the state's No. 1 OL prospect (AJC)

Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson landed the state's No. 1 OL prospect (AJC)

This summer, the most significant prospect camp I attended was Nike’s “The Opening” in early July. It was at the Nike headquarters in Portland, Ore. [Due to GHSA rules, DeVine was prevented from wearing football pads]. I think I did fairly well. I also think I could have done better. I learned a lot of things that will help me with football.

The biggest thing I improved on this summer was my weight. I dropped 20 pounds, then gained it back in muscles. I think this will help me during the games when my body is tired. I don’t have to lug around the extra weight.

The most fun part of the recruiting process is when I go to the colleges and I get to chill with the players. I ask them about how the college life is. Most of them say it’s alright – it’s just like high school but with way, way, way more freedom.

  • Featured prospect: Shamire DeVine
  • Position: Offensive lineman
  • Size: 6-7, 340
  • High School: Tri-Cites
  • College: Committed to Georgia Tech over FSU, while also considering football scholarship offers from Florida, UGA, Tennessee and USC
  • Fast fact: His high school teammate, good friend, and fellow offensive lineman, Jeremi Hall, is also committed to Georgia Tech

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Hollywould

August 17th, 2012
3:05 pm

Good luck to the young man.

Michael Carvell

August 17th, 2012
3:30 pm

Son of Sammy Davis Jr, Jr

August 17th, 2012
3:36 pm

Good luck to the young man and have fun at Tech!!!!

BLT

August 17th, 2012
3:40 pm

Welcome Shamire! Go Jackets!

Reebok

August 17th, 2012
4:00 pm

Welcome, good luck, study hard and stay healthy!

GIVE ME A BREAK

August 17th, 2012
4:05 pm

There goes the argument that CPJ can’t recruit. He’s going to do great at GT. ” GO JACKETS “

Future Engineer?

August 17th, 2012
4:21 pm

“The biggest thing I improved on this summer was my weight. I dropped 20 pounds, then gained it back in muscles. I think this will help me during the games when my body is tired. I don’t have to lug around the extra weight.”

Begining weight of 340lbs. Loses 20lbs. Gains 20lbs of muscle. Back at 340lbs. Good thing he won’t have to lug the extra weight around. Maybe he can be a math major at Tech.

Future Engineer

August 17th, 2012
4:24 pm

“The most fun part of the recruiting process is when I go to the colleges and I get to chill with the players. I ask them about how the college life is. Most of them say it’s alright”

Must be talking to Tech players. I guess if I were trapped on a campus with no girls and the fear I would be robbed if I went outside at night, college life would be just “alright” for me too

GT = 10 time loser to Mark Richt

August 17th, 2012
4:49 pm

Thankfully no one is bothering him about his future anymore so as not to interrupt his XBOX playing.

HighTech

August 17th, 2012
5:05 pm

It’s great to be a Yellow Jacket!

9/3!

it is what it is

August 17th, 2012
5:07 pm

ever thought ugapoopfan that this is one reason why he did not take UGA seriously…fans like you writing awful stuff against a high school kid…I mean a high school kid….get a life

Future Sanitation Engineer

August 17th, 2012
5:12 pm

UGA all the way baby!

techfan14

August 17th, 2012
5:31 pm

I am very excited about Shamire and Jeremi coming to the flats. The will anchor what should be one of the best O-Lines in the nation for years to come.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 17th, 2012
5:58 pm

“Future Sanitation Engineer” is an appropriate name for somebody from the cesspool of the south. He probably fits in well there.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 17th, 2012
5:59 pm

I bet he already has a job cleaning up the north campus after games

Gorilla Biscuit

August 17th, 2012
6:06 pm

“There goes the argument that CPJ can’t recruit.”

One four-star does not a recruiter make.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 17th, 2012
6:08 pm

Except for the fact that we have more than just that one

Gorilla Biscuit

August 17th, 2012
6:14 pm

My bad, Coach Fishfry is a great recruiter. :)

hey gorilla

August 17th, 2012
6:19 pm

i got some biscuits for you. hope you dont mine a little hair.

nash

August 17th, 2012
6:32 pm

I am glad to hear he traded some of that bad weight for muscle. It still suck that he didn’t land at Uga but good luck with your future and grad a degree while you push around some ACC linemen

OkieDawg

August 17th, 2012
7:19 pm

Very articulate young man and seems to be very smart. Which makes me wonder why he would chose to go to school in the ghetto and become a knee diver…Strange

Gorilla Biscuit

August 17th, 2012
7:25 pm

hey gorilla
August 17th, 2012
6:19 pm

“i got some biscuits for you. hope you dont mine a little hair.”

Come on out of the closet flag boy.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 17th, 2012
7:25 pm

Because he didn’t want to clean up crap in the cesspool and play for a team that never lives up to expectations.

OkieDawg

August 17th, 2012
7:35 pm

Hey Super…Why so bitter? Oh, 10-1 over the last 11 years, ouch…That must hurt.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 17th, 2012
8:12 pm

@ Okie….I’m not bitter. YOU seem to be are the one with some kind of axe to grind, referring to the “ghetto” and “knee diving”

Supersize that order, mutt

August 17th, 2012
8:13 pm

Besides, this IS a Tech recruiting blog. Why are you even on here?

A person SMART enough to know.....

August 17th, 2012
8:24 pm

Still don’t like kids taking OVA’s after committing.

Future Engineer?
August 17th, 2012
4:21 pm
Begining weight of 340lbs. Loses 20lbs. Gains 20lbs of muscle. Back at 340lbs. Good thing he won’t have to lug the extra weight around. Maybe he can be a math major at Tech.
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Having 20 pounds of Muscle that WORKS to help you move is easier that 20 pounds of FAT that just hangs. Take a Kinesiology class you dumb MUTT.

Tony Clifton

August 17th, 2012
8:46 pm

Vince Dually must be a Grand Wizard for thinking up something as racist as Watermelon Day.

A person SMART enough to know.....

August 17th, 2012
9:18 pm

Seems like a nice kid. I like the Diaries.

hey gorilla

August 17th, 2012
10:15 pm

sorry guy but as much as you want it to be… i dont swing that way. besides i think that closet is pretty full with you and your creepy kissing hugging singing coach.

tell us what drew you to him if you would? was it the kissing or the hugging or was it the singing?

is that how you came about your nic? your his little itty bitty gorilla biscuit. lmao. that is disgusting just thinking about it.

georgia dogsie

August 17th, 2012
10:42 pm

GT’s best recruit is an OL? That’ll put some points on the board!

OkieDawg

August 17th, 2012
11:27 pm

@ Super…”YOU seem to be are the one with some kind of axe to grind”…

Ax and axe are different spellings of the same word. Ax is the standard spelling in American English. Axe is standard outside the U.S. Hey Supe, I thought you were an Augusa Boy. Are you a foreigner pretending to be a Techerhead?

Supersize that order, mutt

August 18th, 2012
1:31 am

@ Okie……clever of you to cut and paste the Wikipedia explanation of the different spellings of the word. As far as I am concerned, they are interchangeable.

Buzz2011

August 18th, 2012
4:22 am

@okiedawg .. What’s an Okie dawg?? Is that a pistol packing pup fron Enid?
Go Jackets.. Looking for another ACC Championship…

BLT

August 18th, 2012
7:32 am

“Thankfully no one is bothering him about his future anymore so as not to interrupt his XBOX playing.’

You’d be singing his praises if he was “committed” to UGA. The same goes for the rest of you dogs.

TIDE ROLL

August 18th, 2012
7:40 am

My Gosh Richt. You fail to offer this kid AND Anthony Jennings. No wonder it’s been 32 years.

poor_richard

August 18th, 2012
7:45 am

South Park: Crack Baby Athletic Association

GT71

August 18th, 2012
7:50 am

SUPER: Enjoy your posts, but let the dawgs go. Freedom of speech is a great thing. For one reason, it makes the idiots easy to spot. AND with ugahs, it is entertaining to see what kind of adolescent vitriol (that’s poisonous speech to you Clarke County guys) they come up with.
Like a pre-teen and low-IQ version of what the Dukies do.
So leave them be and enjoy the show.

Gorilla Biscuit

August 18th, 2012
10:03 am

hey gorilla, you’re even a poor excuse for a nerd.

GTfan2012

August 18th, 2012
11:38 am

Yes, we can definitely ignore the trolls on this one. Everything the UGA trolls say responding to this article is born out of jealousy, because they know what shambles their own offensive line is in. The want Shamire so bad it hurts.

0 and 4 a fact jack

August 18th, 2012
12:14 pm

Devine, and Hall will help the O-line greatly. If you notice when the offense is having problems running their option the D tackle is pushing the O tackle into the backfield. With these 2 studs and the addition of the O-line tranfer from Auburn this problem will cease to exist. The offense will be able to click on all cylinders against anybody. The passing game will automaticly improve as well with the improved pass protection. I feel good about our future on offense. Now if we could just get a few stud D lineman to sign up with Tech. Its still our overall weakness. GOOOOOO TECH.

A person SMART enough to know.....

August 18th, 2012
2:14 pm

UOAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Walmart Retards

August 18th, 2012
10:01 pm

Burgess

August 19th, 2012
5:02 am

And I quote ” But I would still like to travel to colleges and see some places” Doesn’t Paul have a rule about kids visiting other schools after committing to Tech. Didn’t he pulled the offer after a couple of committments took visits to other shools ?

Does the AJC proof anything anymore..

August 19th, 2012
6:55 am

What a post above “ever thought ugapoopfan that this is one reason why he did not take UGA seriously…fans like you writing awful stuff against a high school kid…I mean a high school kid….get a life” Geez …ever read comments by Techies when UGA kids get any pub on the AJC.?

MP

August 19th, 2012
8:37 am

One thing is certain…half of the roughly 27 uga recruits so far will….be arrested,suspended or kicked off the team by 2014.

starter

August 19th, 2012
8:50 am

1 4 GT

August 19th, 2012
1:16 pm

Devine will represent GT very well. And his buddy Hall Too. Stay strong. Stay healthy. Study hard. Pancake ‘em. GOOOOO JACKETS THWGeorgie

1 4 GT

August 19th, 2012
1:36 pm

Here’s a recap of the 2010 VT game for the troll Mock 1 sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/ncaa/gameflash/2010/11/04/43122_recap.html