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Church closing in on more offers

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Birmingham (Mich.) Brother Rice running back Devin Church picked up his first offer of the process from Boston College shortly after National Signing Day, and has since followed that up with three offers from MAC programs.
The 5-8, 175-pound Church attended several camps this summer in hopes of adding to that offer list. He worked out in front of several Division 1 coaches at the Sound Mind, Sound Body Camp in Southfield, Mich., then attended individual camps at Cincinnati, Michigan and West Virginia.
"At West Virginia, I wasn't really talking to any of the coaches [before the camp]. I was just talking to one of the recruiting coordinators and he said the best way to earn an offer is to come out for the camp," Church said. "West Virginia has always been one of my dream schools, so I went to the camp, did well and now I am talking to the running backs coach. They want to see my first couple games and see how that goes."
Cincinnati has also said they want to see Church's first few games of his senior season before making a determination on an offer, but the Detroit area back did not feel he put his best performance on display at the Bearcat's camp.
"I kind of messed up at the camp," Church said. "If I would have done what I usually do I probably would have gotten the offer. I dropped some passes I don't usually drop."
Church also holds offers from Bowling Green, Toledo and Northern Illinois and is receiving strong interest from Northwestern. Boston College remains his only BCS offer, and he visited their campus early in the spring. Contact with Eagle's assistant coach Ben Sirmans has been ongoing throughout the summer.
"I probably talk to their coaches once every week or once every two weeks," Church said. "I've got love for Boston College, I just have to do some more thinking because it is far away. When I went up there I kind of got the feeling that they wanted me for DB. I want to play on the offensive side of the ball, so I just have to think about that."
As a junior, Church played both sides of the football for Brother Rice, totaling over 900 total yards of offense and ten touchdowns playing running back and wide receiver. He also tallied 28 tackles and several pass deflections as a cornerback on defense.
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