Massillon (Ohio) Washington offensive guard Nathaniel Devers has seen his stock steadily rise this spring, and he is hoping that momentum continues this week when he chats with West Virginia.
"West Virginia hopefully will be offering me this weekend when they call me," Devers said. "I have always had good contact with West Virginia and I am really happy Ron Crook is there now because I always had a good relationship with him at Stanford."
The 6-foot-3, 261-pound Devers has already made several visits to Morgantown, most recently for a junior day this past winter.
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"I have been down there three times and if I get a scholarship from West Virginia they would be hard to beat," Devers said. "I went to one game with them versus Maryland and I really liked the crowd. The campus is beautiful, the facilities are great, everybody knows who you are and I could just see myself being there for five years."
Devers has received strong feedback from West Virginia coaches and expects to hear from them this week or weekend. The three-star lineman already holds nine scholarship offers. One of his most recent came from Cincinnati.
"I have not been down there since the coaching change, but I like Coach [Steve] Clinkscale who recruits me," Devers said of Cincinnati. "I got to meet Coach [Darren] Hiller, the o-line coach who offered me, and I really like him too. I am going to take a visit down there too."
Devers is also seeing his recruitment with Michigan State pick up and the three-star lineman plans to camp in East Lansing next month.
"Michigan State and West Virginia are at the top of my board right now," Devers said. "One thing I really like about Michigan State is the coaching staff is secure. Say Dantonio retires, they are just going to make Pat Narduzzi the head coach and I love Narduzzi. He has come to see me at my track meet and have a good relationship with him."
If both West Virginia and Michigan State offer Devers, the decision could come down to which side of the ball he envisions himself in college. The Mountaineers are recruiting him for offense, while Michigan State sees him as an interior defensive lineman.