"Elijah is the first true power ‘back we've ever had in our system," Christian head coach Jason Estep said. "We've had guys like Ty Linton and Des Lawrence, who are great athletes who can outrun guys and sometimes run through guys. But he's the first true power ‘back. He's every bit of 6-1 and probably 210 pounds now as a sophomore.
"He gets better as the game goes on and he wears people down. And he runs between the tackles extremely well – that's really his deal… He has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. I'm not so sure he wouldn't be a great linebacker for us, because he has that mentality but we obviously only play him on one side of the ball."
When Lawrence, who is a soon-to-be sophomore defensive back at North Carolina, suffered an injury during the summer camp circuit heading into the 2012 season, Deveaux was thrust into Christian's starting lineup at running back.
"I stepped in there freshman year and from then on I've played," Deveaux said.
Lawrence eventually returned to the lineup, but Deveaux continued to see the field.
When Lawrence left for UNC, Deveaux became Christian's unquestioned starting running back. He ended his sophomore campaign with 1,850 yards and 24 touchdowns on 217 carries. Christian ended the season undefeated and won the NCISAA 11-Man Division I Championship.
Mississippi State and Temple have already offered Deveaux, while schools like Auburn, Boston College, Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, and Penn State have expressed interest.
Last fall, Deveaux attended UNC's home opener against Middle Tennessee. He also visited Chapel Hill for a junior day a year ago and a camp last summer.
"I like [UNC]," Deveaux said. "It [has] a beautiful campus. I actually have a teammate down there, Des Lawrence. It's pretty cool to go up there and visit him. The coaching staff is pretty cool… I like their offense and I like what they're about."
Speaking of UNC's staff, Gunter Brewer is recruiting Deveaux for UNC but he also communicates with its running backs coach. That was Randy Jordan before he left for a position with the Washington Redskins. Now, it's Larry Porter. "I'm just now getting to know Coach Porter," Deveaux said. "He's a pretty cool guy from what I can tell. He seems like a nice guy. I'm looking forward to meeting him face-to-face."
Brewer and Porter have explained the status of a possible UNC offer to Deveaux.
"They told me that I'm an offered kid," Deveaux said. "It's just a matter of time. It could happen today or a couple of weeks from now. I don't think Coach Porter has been able to watch my film."
Besides UNC, Deveaux has visited Boston College, NC State, and Tennessee. Also, he has an upcoming trip scheduled to Auburn.
At this early stage of his recruitment, Deveaux is "completely open" to all schools.
Outside of football, Deveaux plays outfield for Christian… Christian has developed quite the pipeline to the FBS ranks. In particular, Deveaux is close with Lawrence and NC State signees Garrett Bradberry and Bo Hines… Deveaux's father, Glenn, played running back for Pittsburgh from 1988-91. That led the younger Deveaux to grow up a Pitt fan.