FOS Audio: Devlin Ready for Penn State

HERSHEY - "Academics, athletics and integrity are just hard to find at any other place," says Big 33 quarterback Pat Devlin when describing the environment and the factors that contributed to his decision to renounce a verbal committment to the University of Miami and sign with the Nittany Lions.

Football has long been in Pat Devlin's blood since his youth when many evenings were spent throwing a football with his father in the back yard. A natural leader, Devlin has been playing quarterback since his second year with the youth league Marsh Creek Eagles. Devlin's talent at the quarterback position brought many honors, including his selection to the Big 33 and the national #4 ranking at quarterback by Scout.com.

Devlin's dedication to excellence was evident to many observers during Big 33 practices when he frequently remained on the field after the organized practices ended to work on timing and routes with the wide receivers. Pat is a very poised quarterback in the pocket, adept at reading coverages, working through his progressions and looking off defenders before throwing to his primary or secondary targets.

Devlin reopened his recruiting late in the year, following several coaching changes at the University of Miami, where he had given his verbal committment in July. In January, Devlin paid an official visit to Penn State where he was hosted by A.Q. Shipley, and following the visit he told Bob Lichtenfels, "It was great. I got to do a lot of things that I hadn't experienced before. I got a totally different look at Penn State."

In Devlin's case, different was good. On Monday evening following his visit, Pat committed to the Nittany Lions, and told the Daily Local, "Once I reunited with Penn State, I knew it was home."

Devlin tells FOS that [Miami head coach] Larry Coker was understanding about his decision. "He was great about it," says Devlin, adding "I just wasn't comfortable with the situation there any more," in referring to the coaching shakeup instituted by Coker after the disappointing 2005 campaign.

Decision making behind, Devlin has been working to prepare for his Penn State career. On June 17, he will play his final game as a high school student, as he leads the Pennsylvania squad in the 49th annual Big 33 Classic at Hersheypark Stadium.

FOS Audio: Pat Devlin Interview

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