M.J. Devonshire

2019 PA CB Reviews Penn State Visit

Aliquippa (Pa.) High cornerback M.J. Devonshire breaks down Penn State visit, and discusses West Virginia and Syracuse offers.

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Class of 2019 cornerback M.J. Devonshire enjoyed his weekend visit to Penn State on Saturday. So much so the Aliquippa (Pa.) High standout plans to return for the April 22 spring game.

He is also planning a return trip to West Virginia for a spring practice, and a long-awaited visit to Syracuse remains on his radar. He is hopeful Ohio State joins his recruitment as well.

"I have the two offers, West Virginia and Syracuse," Devonshire said. 


The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Devonshire planned a trip to Syracuse, but it fell through at the last minute because of a family scheduling conflict.

If Penn State offers Devonshire, the Nittany Lions will be in good shape.

Not only does Devonshire already feel strongly about the campus and the academics, but Penn State assistant coach Terry Smith played at Aliquippa and remains well-connected at the school.

"He knows the stuff I go through," Devonshire said. "He talks to me on a personal level, not just about football, not just about academics. He wants to help me as a person, and not just me, as an athlete."

Devonshire made the trip to Penn State with teammate and high-priority class of 2018 defensive back target Kwantel Raines.

"It was fun. I got to watch the practice, and see how they run practice," Devonshire said. "I like going up there. I'll probably go up there again next month for the spring game. The guys that recruit me, they treat me like they really want me to come. They keep in contact with my dad, my school, they send me stuff. They really show interest.

"It's a learning (environment) and a good football program."

Another program Devonshire knows well is West Virginia, where he attended a junior day.

He is still getting to know Mountaineers safeties coach Matt Caponi, but he gets his fill of West Virginia through a local connection. Former Aliquippa standout Dravon Askew-Henry plays for the Mountaineers.

"We went on a tour and we went to see a basketball game," Devonshire said. "We saw their weight room and their facilities. That was about it.

"(Caponi) is the one who came to my school. I don't know him that well, but I am pretty sure when I go down there for a spring practice, I will get to meet him and talk to him on a more personal level."

Devonshire's recruitment is in its infancy, and one school he has eyes for is Ohio State.

"Terrelle Pryor was my favorite player in high school," Devonshire said. "When he went to Ohio State, that's when I really started watching high school football and I was like, 'That's my favorite team.' I started doing research into the school, and I started watching them play sports and I started liking the school."

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