Nathaniel Devers favors two Big Ten teams


MASSILLON -- A Big Ten team has yet to offer 2014 guard Nathaniel Devers (Massillon, Ohio/Washington), but that does not mean the offers aren’t coming.

In fact, two Big Ten teams are already at the top of Devers’ list.

“Michigan is my No. 1 and Northwestern is second,” Devers said, “but that could change.”

“The No. 1 thing that’s going to win me over: coaches and tradition,” Devers said. “And Michigan’s got both and so does Northwestern.”

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound guard holds an offer from Toledo, although recruiting is the furthest thing from Devers’ mind at the moment. Massillon has aspirations of a deep playoff run, and Devers leads a talented offensive line.

Devers attended Michigan’s BBQ at the Big House back in July and met the entire Wolverines staff there. He said he instantly hit it off with the staff, including potentially his future position coach, Darrell Funk.

“I got there and I feel like I’m part of the family,” Devers said. “All the coaches make you feel like they care more about you as not just a football player but as an individual. It’s like you’re their kid and they want to make you a better person and better football player.”

The Wolverines staff is also receiving help from 2013 cornerback Gareon Conley, a Michigan commit who is working Devers to join him in Ann Arbor in a few years.

Stanford is showing significant interest in Devers, and the Cardinal could be the next to send out an offer.

“Stanford said they’ve seen enough of me right now but would like me to make it out to visit, but that’s just too far and I can’t afford that,” Devers said. “So they said they’re going to slow down the process, but I should still receive an offer from them.”