Pembroke Pines (Fla.) Safety Devin Gil has been committed to Miami for three months now, but that has done nothing to slow Michigan’s pursuit. The Wolverines offered the three star safety last month after initially setting their sights on his teammate and good friend Devin Bush. Gil obviously proved to be quite impressive in his own right.
“Things went real great,” Gil said reflecting upon last season. “We fell short, but we’re looking to come back hungrier and stronger this year. I had 70 tackles, four interceptions, and two sacks.”
“I compare myself to Cam Chancellor.”
“The first time I went to ‘The U’ campus and saw a couple of practices it was like a big family over there. Their history is great, the coaching staff is (great). I just felt a very part of Miami when I went there.”
Michigan will attempt to elicit that same feeling when he comes to campus June 14th with Bush. It’s a visit he has looked forward to since receiving word of his Maize & Blue scholarship.
“(Getting the offer) was actually very crazy and I was very excited,” Gil said. “When Devin Bush went up, he put me on the phone with Coach Jim Harbaugh, so I was very excited to do that. He and Coach Durkin… they’re great guys. They love to win – all they do is win. I like that a lot. They’ve (opened) my eyes to their school.”
“The history of Michigan is outstanding. How many people they put into their stands. They had 70,000 people just for a spring game, so imagine an Ohio State game, a rivalry game like that.”
For the Wolverines to enhance their chances of landing the talented defensive back they’ll need to need to impress him on a number of fronts.
“First off education, because there is not always a big chance of everybody going to the NFL,” he said. “I want to make sure that I get my degree and make sure that the college that I want to spend my four years will provide me with that. (I’ll also be looking at) the football, football team, football program, the coaches, how everybody is treated.”
Bush’s opinion on all of those factors will matter a great deal. The “other Devin” insists that he and Gil will be a package deal no matter the school, and Gil didn’t downplay such talk.
“I feel the exactly the same way,” said Gil. “We grew up together. We played Little League together and his dad was always my coach. It is going to be hard to make that decision, either way. Wherever we go, we’re always going to have each other’s back.”
“I’m going to wait until signing day (to make a final decision). I’ll make my official visits, stuff like that and make sure that I know the right place for me and that’s where I’m going to go.”