Posted by Bryan Fischer
ATLANTA -- All-star games are generally a time for players to get to know each other and face competition much more like recruits will face in college. For East Point (Ga.) offensive lineman Shamire DeVine, the best part about being at the Rising Seniors game this week was not the game or the time to talk with other players, but something that happened upon arrival.
"Maybe the first day," DeVine said. "That's when we had all of the good food and got to relax."
The affable 6-foot-7, 320-pounder didn't mind taking an extra plate during the buffet line and certainly enjoyed the multiple practices with coaches from across the state of Georgia.
"Everybody's been nice and friendly and cool," he said. "The funnest part has been practice when the coaches walk you through things. They kind of do it in a funny manner that they don't know about. Both of my high school coaches are out here too."
DeVine is one of the most heavily recruited offensive linemen in the South and currently holds offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and others but is still keeping his options open as to where he'll attend college.
"My latest offer is Florida," he said. "I'm looking at Florida and all the schools. Any school that has approached me or sent me email, I'm looking at."
Though DeVine has some bad body weight, he held his own at the Rising Seniors Bowl as a tackle. He still needs to improve his drop step but did a good job creating leverage and using his hand placement effectively. Georgia Tech is the only school looking at him as a guard while most schools have him projected as a right or left tackle. More than the position schools want him at however, DeVine has a certain set of criteria he's looking for before committing.
"First, I'm looking at (location)," he said. "Second is education, then third is football. With location, it's how far you are from my home and my parents. It won't be a problem but I just want to make sure the campus is safe so I can show my little sister and little brother."
Though it is unlikely he makes a decision anytime before the summer, there is one relationship that has stood out among all of the other schools recruiting him.
"Coach (Al "Buzz" Preston) at Georgia Tech. Anytime I come visit, me and him just sit somewhere and talk," DeVine said.