March 19, 2012
Devers one to watch for 2014
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One of the most impressive performers at the Massillon Nike SPARQ combine on Saturday was Massillon (Ohio) Washington offensive lineman Nathaniel Devers. The 6-foot-3, 265-pound prospect just recently transferred in from Ravenna Southeast and will be locking down one of the tackle spots for the Tigers this fall. Devers turned in a strong performance on Saturday with a SPARQ score of 61.74, including a 5.17-second 40-yard dash and a 36-foot power ball toss.
Devers played both ways at Southeast as a sophomore and is expected to do the same over at Massillon Washington. At the next level, however Devers feels he will likely be an offensive player.
"I feel like I'm best on offense," he explained. "I'm comfortable at tackle and I feel like I have pretty good footwork."
Though it's still very early in the process, Devers is hearing from a host of outstanding Division I programs from across the Midwest.
"A Wisconsin coach talked to me and I'm supposed to go down there for a visit in the spring," Devers explained. "Cincinnati coach came and watched me lift and he wants me to go down there in the spring too. I've got (mail) from West Virginia, Kent State, and Ohio State."
At the moment, three schools are standing out to Devers and he took the time to comment on what he likes about each program.
"My top three schools are Wisconsin, Notre Dame, and Ohio State," he said. "I'm very interested in all three. Wisconsin, just their O-line, they have a very big O-line and I like that. Notre Dame is a smaller school, nice school, I've just always liked their tradition. Ohio State, I'd love to play in Ohio, I'm an Ohio boy."
Devers added that he's hoping to get out on some unofficial visits during spring practice and listed schools such as Cincinnati and Wisconsin as well as "any schools in Ohio" as potential destinations.
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