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.
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..
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.
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BECAUSE WE MISS THE OLYMPICS
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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