Tiny Maret School (Washington, D.C.) doesn’t often produce Division I football recruits, although its most recent one, Sean Davis, went on to start for Maryland and is now solidified in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ secondary. Six recruiting classes later, Maret has another highly intriguing recruit who is just beginning to emerge on FBS radars.
Devonte Gordon, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound guard/tackle, landed his first offer from Virginia Feb. 8 and has several other potential suitors about to come in.
“I was talking with one of the UVA coaches, and he’d actually been talking with me for awhile. They were really the first school to start recruiting me a long time ago, so it was great to finally get the offer. It was a relief and a weight off my chest, because I was starting to get worried why I didn’t have any offers yet,” said Gordon, who, unlike many at Maret, is a D.C. lifer. “But, definitely, UVA was a big offer for me. I really do want to play football, but academics are always first. I’m always thinking about life after football. So UVA will always be under consideration because it’s one of the best schools around. I’m excited to visit there and learn more about the school. I’m going down Feb. 15.”
Besides UVA, Gordon is drawing interest from Maryland, Wake Forest, Va Tech, Pitt, Boston College and Penn State. He attended games at Penn State, Temple and UMD last fall, and took his first offseason visit to College Park, Md., Feb. 4. Gordon was on campus with more than 50 DMV recruits the Terps’ staff has targeted.
“I really like Maryland. I’ve been up there a couple times. I was there for the Ohio State game last year, and I thought it was a great atmosphere and I really enjoyed being around the school,” Gordon said. “And I was just up there again [Feb. 4], and I really liked the coaching staff and what they had to offer there. If Maryland offered, they’d definitely be under consideration, because that’s where I’m from and that’s my hometown. I’d love to rep my hometown.”
The Maret product had never attended a junior day or anything of the sort prior to the Maryland visit. He was surprised by how much interaction he had with the staff and how much he learned about D.J. Durkin’s program.
“It was a fun thing. It was a lot more personal than some other visits I’ve been on,” Gordon said. “The coaches are really trying to make a point on getting prospects from the DMV area, and I’d really like to be part of that. I really liked what the coaches were saying [about the stay-home movement].”
In particular, Gordon spoke to area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim and line coach Dave Borbely. The recruit said Abdul-Rahim has been in touch for more than a month, while Borbely has recently come into contact as well.
“Coach Borbely is a real good coach and a real good guy. He said he really likes me, but they’re looking at a couple other guys at my position. They have some other tackles they’re after. I appreciated his honesty,” Gordon said. “And Coach Aazaar was the first person from Maryland to start recruiting me, and I probably talk to him the most of any coach up there. He’s from D.C. and we know each other pretty well. We connect very well.”
Gordon went on to speak highly of the 2017 class Maryland signed. Several of the Terps’ incoming prospects were on campus Feb. 4 and interacted with the 2018 targets.
The D.C. lineman mentioned the new facilities and renovated weight room were nice additions as well.
“Definitely the new facilities look beautiful,” Gordon said. “But it’s not really about looks for me; that kind of thing is for the fans. For me, it’s about putting in the work no matter what it looks like.”
Gordon has several trips coming up next. He’ll be at UVA Feb. 15, and will attempt to see Boston College, Wake Forest and Rutgers. Additionally, he’ll likely hit any other school that antes up and chooses to pursue in earnest.
“But I’m not really looking for any offers. I don’t really have a specific dream school,” Gordon said. “I didn’t have a favorite team growing up or anything like that. I’m just seeing what all comes in.”