One offer is in for Marvin Ridge (NC) 2018 three-star linebacker Caleb Deveaux. But as he continues to climb, that likely won’t stay that way for long.
To this point, Deveaux has certainly made his presence felt as a punishing running back. He rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown in the Mavericks’ season-opener Friday. His future, though, might be on the defensive side of the ball.
Pittsburgh has been Deveaux’s lone offer to this point. But while Georgia Tech likes Deveaux’s abilities as a running back, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, Maryland and nearly every other program he’s heard from see him as a linebacker.
This summer, Deveaux got a few chances to see some potential options and also shop his play on both sides of the ball. He participated in camps at Virginia Tech, NC State and Duke and also took visits to Maryland, Georgia Tech and Temple.
“The facilities at the schools, it’s really cool to see,” Deveaux said. “I’ve been looking through that and education, since I wanna study marine biology. I like the coaching staffs, how they interact with me and how they interact with the older guys, I really got to see everything.”
Deveaux camped with the Hokies on July 24 as a linebacker. The trip also afforded him the chance to look more at the program and the campus.
“I like it there,” Deveaux said. “They’ve got big things to come. I really like the coaching staff, Coach (Bud) Foster and what he’s done with the program. He’s done a great job recruiting me.”
Special teams coordinator James Shibest has served as Deveaux’s primary recruiter, however. Those two also appear to have a good relationship.
“Coach Shibest, he’s a really relaxed dude, really down to earth,” Deveaux said. “It seems like he really loves to be around the game. I want a coach passionate about the sport. You can tell he’s had a great education, also. I know those guys up there, Mook and Adonis and they said they love him as a coach. That’s always good to hear.”
There’s a connection for Deveaux, however, with his lone offer. And it’s one that he admits he’s taken a long look at for some time.
“My father (Glenn Deveaux) went there and I’ve always been a Pitt fan,” Deveaux said. “I love Coach (Pat) Narduzzi. He’s doing a great job there. Coach (Andre) Powell and Coach (Rob) Harley, I like what they’re doing with the defense. He likes to blitz a lot. I was up there earlier this year and their facilities are great also. I’m going to the Pitt and Penn State game, so that’ll be cool to see a big rivalry.”
Deveaux doesn’t have any other visits set, but has an idea of where he wants to see a few games this fall. He hopes to get to Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Maryland, NC State, East Carolina and Duke, where his brother, Elijah Deveaux, plays.
And in the meantime, the younger Deveaux hopes to expand on a few areas of his game.
“I’m playing both ways right now,” he said. “I feel like I need to get my stamina up to be able to go the whole game, go 100% every play. Last week, I had 27 carries in our first game and I felt like I did good, I just wanna go every play and not have to go out.”