After extending an offer to defensive end Parker Devine last week the Hoosiers have established themselves as one of his top schools. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound standout from Jacksonville (FL) Bartram Trail H.S. spoke to Peegs.com about his recruiting, and his interest in the IU program after getting that offer.
Devine has been hearing from the Indiana program for more than a year, but it wasn’t until recently that he landed an offer from them.
“Since around the beginning of my sophomore year I’ve been talking to Coach (Noah) Joseph, and then here just recently I talked to Coach (Tom) Allen and Coach (Mark) Hagen,” he said about his contact with the IU staff. “They said that they like the way I play and how I attack the ball and pursue plays.”
The talented prospect said it was a nice surprise that he got the opportunity to talk to head coach Tom Allen when he got his offer.
“I thought it was really cool because with all the other programs I am hearing from, never have I talked to the head coach and my position coach on the phone at the same time,” Devine said about his talk with the IU staff. “I thought it was cool that Coach Joseph let me talk to the D-line coach and the head coach. I really liked them. I could tell they were real excited about offering me, and they want to get me up there at some point for a visit. When I spoke to Coach Joseph we were talking about me possibly coming on April 1st for a visit.”
Devine said the bond he is developing with Coach Joseph is getting stronger by the day, and if he does end up at Indiana then the IU safeties coach will be a big reason why.
“I think me and Coach Joseph are pretty comfortable with one another,” Devine said. “I feel like I could talk to him about anything. If I decided to go there he would definitely be a factor in why because of the relationship we have built.”
When it comes to his recruiting the Jacksonville native currently has offers from Indiana, Boston College, Kentucky, Appalachian State, Central Florida, Central Michigan, Colorado State, Georgia Southern, Marshall, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Toledo, Tulane, Western Kentucky, Mercer and Samford. He said that there are a few different factors he will be looking for when he makes his commitment.
“First and foremost for me will be the education I can get,” Devine said. “What job I can get and what level of job I can get coming out of college will be important. I want to major in something business related. And then I will look at the bonds I develop with the coaches and how comfortable would I feel going there for four years. I will also look at the facilities. If they have great coaches but the facilities aren’t as good I don’t know if I will be able to reach my full potential there.”
This past fall Devine recorded 45 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, six sacks and one forced fumble for a Bartram Trail team that finished with a record of 8-5.
“We made it to the Regional Championship but came up just a little bit short at the end,” he said about his junior year. “I think individually I played well because in our defense I was put in good positions to make plays. I can’t take credit at all for something like that because to me it is a team effort. The biggest thing I improved on was my tenacity. My sophomore year I think I was a little bit nervous and I wasn’t as confident in what I was doing, but this past year that changed and I wasn’t nervous to go up against anyone. I just felt like my confidence really grew which helped me a lot as a player.”
During the 2016 Devine had the chance to go up against Indiana quarterback signee Nick Tronti, and he said in Tronti the Hoosiers are getting a great player.
“I played against Nick Tronti and know who he is,” Devine said. “I have a lot of respect for him and I know him. I sacked him a couple times so I think he knows who I am. But he is a phenomenal athlete and a great guy. I think he can play anywhere in the country. I think he was definitely slept on and he was under-recruited, which is great for Indiana because he is going to do big things there.”
Before the Indiana offer Devine had Boston College and Kentucky at the top of his list of schools, but he said the offer from the Hoosiers has put them squarely in the mix for his commitment.
“They are in the Big Ten and that is one thing that really excited me when I got the offer,” he said about IU. “I think it’s cool that they get to play against Ohio State, and Michigan, and Penn State and teams like that. Indiana is right in the mix. If I had to pick a top five they are easily in the top two or three.”