Gil Embraces Switch to LB, Not Redshirting

Michigan 2016 linebacker commit Devin Gil reflects on his official visit to U-M, his thoughts on playing linebacker, playing as freshman and more.

When Devin Gil first committed to Michigan in June, many expected him to lineup at safety once he entered college in summer 2016.

However, as time has passed, the Pembroke Pines (Fla.) Charles Flanagan standout has grown, now standing at 6-foot-1, 205-pounds. And after his official visit to Michigan this past weekend, Gil was informed by defensive coordinator, Don Brown, that he plans to play him at linebacker once he arrives on campus.

“I had chance to meet with the new defensive coordinator,” Gil recalled. “He told me a lot of great things about the defense. Where he’s going to put me, and how he’s going to utilize me on the defense.

“Since I’m so big, I gained some weight and got a little bit taller, he’s going to use me as a linebacker that can also cover,” Gil said of his conversation with Brown. “So he’s going to fit me in the run game and let me do what I do on my little island.

Adding: “I told him there is nothing you need to worry about on my side of the ball on the field.”

Gil, who is rated the No. 62 OLB in the latest player rankings, says his main goal is to come in as freshman and help Michigan earn more victories.

“My mindset is to come up to win,” Gil said. “I mean, south Florida is a different type of football. We are going to bring that up there and show people what we can really do.”

And by winning, Gil says that means playing in the games himself in year one.

“Redshirting isn’t an option,” Gil said. “I’m going to get on the field, whether it’s special teams, defense, offense, anything coach needs I’m going to do it for him.”

Recruiting Hat

Gil is friends with U-M target and fellow Miami (Fla.) standout, 2017 WR Keyshawn “Pie” Young, who Gil says he has been recruiting to Michigan on a daily basis.

“Since he is down here where we are from, I’m going to phone him everyday about how much success we can have at Michigan," said Gil.

What are Michigan’s chances of landing Young? 

“I have a great feeling about him,” Gil said. “I mean we had a little discussion a little bit. But we’ll see what he does at the end when the time comes.”    

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