Devall is keeping his options open

Denzel Devall remains open as his senior year begins. The four-star defensive end said his next step will be scheduling official visits.

This summer, Bastrop defensive end Denzel Devall took three unofficial visits to college campuses – Alabama, Mississippi State and Texas A&M.

Earlier this month, Devall made the drive to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to watch the Crimson Tide during fall practice. It was his fourth visit to Alabama, and the first time his parents made the drive with Devall.

“They want me and I'm the No. 1 player on their board,” Devall told’s Mike Coppage after his Aug. 7 visit. “They said I can play any position I want – linebacker or defensive end – and Texas A&M’s coaches are saying the same thing.”

That day, Devall said that he had narrowed his lead group to Alabama and Texas A&M.

Now, Devall’s stance has changed. With his senior year at Bastrop set to begin Tuesday morning, he has a new approach going forward.

“I’ve been thinking about things and just know that going into the year, I should still be looking at everybody,” he said. “There are no specific teams that I would say lead right now. I’m not ready to make a decision, so I’m not thinking like that right now.”

With the possibility of five official visits to come over the next four months, Devall said his next move is to begin scheduling trips.

“I haven’t narrowed it down because I still haven’t talked to some coaches about it, but there are some teams that I know I want to keep looking at,” Devall said. “LSU is still there for me. I have made the visits down there and know what it’s all about. That’s why I have been looking at other places now.”

Of the schools that have offered, Devall said he will include the likes of Alabama, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Oklahoma, LSU, Illinois and Ole Miss in the conversation of possible visit destinations.

And while the debate continues over where the nation’s No. 26-ranked defensive end will commit to play on Saturdays, there’s another part of Devall’s recruitment that also remains up in the air.

At 6-foot-2, 240-pounds, Devall has college coaches talking both defensive end and linebacker – and he’s not ready to commit to either position.

“For me, it’s about getting to the field,” Devall said. “I just want to be able to compete and play. I think I can play either spot, so it’s wherever they want me.

“Most coaches are telling me that I could play every position from middle backer to outside backer to d-end. I really hadn’t gotten into any talks of playing just one specific position with any coaches. They all just want me to come on board.”

With Brad Bradshaw gone from the Bastrop sidelines after 16 seasons, former offensive coordinator Thomas Bachman got the nod for the head coach position. And as the opening jamboree against Ouachita approaches on Saturday, Bachman and Co. are keeping Devall focused on one facet of his game.

“They aren’t going to let me go both ways and they aren’t going to put me at linebacker,” Devall said. “I am just playing on the edge at defensive end. We might need me at linebacker later, but right now I’m staying in one spot.”


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