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Devers feeling family atmosphere at U-M

Offensive lineman Nathaniel Devers (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) has been impressed with Michigan throughout his entire recruitment. But with his visit for the BBQ in the Big House, the Wolverines have solidified themselves even more so as his top school.

“[The visit] keeps Michigan right now at my No. 1 spot,” Devers said. “It was great -- really relaxed, just meeting the coaches and their families. It just made me feel like a part of the Michigan family.”

For the rising junior, he hasn’t just been impressed by Michigan’s football program, though the program’s tradition is very important to him. The academic prestige the University of Michigan offers has been a big draw for Devers.

“They’re 14th in the world as far as academics and that means a lot,” Devers said. “Then, that campus is beautiful. … And then the coaches are probably my favorite part about Michigan football. They’re just genuine people and they care about the players and it really is one big family.”

Devers hasn’t received an offer yet, meaning he hasn’t received an official invite into the Michigan family. But the Wolverines’ staff spoke with Devers more this past weekend about why they haven’t.

This summer, Devers transferred from Southeast High School in Ravenna, Ohio to Massillon Washington, a jump from D-III to D-I football in Ohio. HE dominated games so naturally at Southeast that Michigan was impressed. However, they’ve asked to see game tape from his first three games at Massillon.

“They want to see how I do against better competition at the D-I level and then we’ll kind of go from there,” Devers said.

And because he knows how important his first three games are, the 6-foot-4, 273-pound lineman is preparing as well as he can -- conditioning more, lifting more and watching more game film.

And he’s hoping that will be enough to earn him an offer to the school that has given him the most family-like feeling.

“I’ve been to other schools but I’ve never been invited to something like [the BBQ],” Devers said. “You get to meet peoples’ and coaches’ families. … You have to get to know the person, not just the player. And you have to get to know the person, not just the coach.”