Coaches from Auburn, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech were in Howard School of Technology (Wilmington, DE) yesterday, all to recruit 6-5 1/2, 251-pound defensive/offensive lineman recruit Devon Still . Still is up to over 20 official scholarship offers and Howard head coach Dan Ritter says “the list grows everyday.”
“I think it’s been very exciting for him,” Ritter said of the recruiting process. “He’s constantly getting text messages and mail. The whole evaluation period has been very exciting with as many coaches that have come in the building.”
The offers began coming in for Still in February, shortly after coach Ritter attended a clinic in Maryland. There, he handed out video and transcripts on his star player to a number of Division 1A programs. The clinic was on a Saturday. Two days later, Still had his first scholarship offer from Marshall.
Included among the 24 programs to offer are Connecticut, Duke, Georgia, Maryland, Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
“He’s sitting back and seeing who is interested,” Ritter said of how Still is handling the process. “Then I think the plan is to visit a few camps in the summer time, take some more unofficials. From there, towards the beginning of football season, I think he will probably narrow it down to something that’s manageable.”
Ritter says Still has not indicated to him which programs will get visits this summer. This spring, Still has taken unofficial trips to Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers for the Rivals junior day, Tennessee and West Virginia.
“I don’t think there has been a negative visit yet,” Ritter said.
Still has played on the varsity level for three years. The past two years he has played along the offensive line and defensive line. This past season, he earned all-conference honors at offensive tackle and defensive end.
“I would say his development has been a steady progression,” Ritter said. “He’s never been a bad player. Each year he seems to get better. Each year he seems to understand the game more and what we ask of him. And each year he becomes more of a force for us. There were plays he made his junior year he wouldn’t have made his sophomore year. I look for him to make more of those plays his senior year. He’s working on getting stronger and he’s also trying to maintain his speed and get it a little lower.”
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