Exton (Pa.) Downington East quarterback Pat Devlin took a very important three-day trip to Miami this past weekend and has an equally important trek set for Ann Arbor, Mich. this upcoming weekend. How was the trip to see the Hurricanes and has Michigan finally offered him a scholarship?
"Michigan offered me before I left for Miami," said the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder. "They called my coach and I called coach Carr and he gave me the offer over the phone. They said they'd have it in writing when I visit there this weekend."
So how was Miami?
"It was great, I had a good visit," said Devlin. "I got to meet both Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman and I left I fit in well with both of them. They're both young quarterbacks but I think I could learn from them and compete with them. I didn't really get to meet much of the team beyond them, but I certainly learned enough about the school and team. It's a very good quarterback situation to go into."
Devlin was also impressed with the coaches and the academics.
"It's funny because you don't think academics right away when you think of Miami, but I met with the academic people there and they are very good academically," he said. "It's a school of only 8,000 or so students and I think they're equal academically to Virginia and Michigan because you get what you want out of it. They have everything you need.
"As for the coaches, I get along well with coach Werner and my recruiting coach (Kehoe) and we looked at some film of their offense. They didn't talk too much about changes to the offense so I'm not sure about that, but it looks like a good fit for me."
The other school that is heavily involved with Devlin is Virginia.
"I've been to Virginia three times and I really like coach Mike Groh," he said. "I felt I got as good a feel at Miami as I did at Virginia because I was down there for three straight days. I feel comfortable at both."
Are those the big three schools for Devlin?
"You could say that," he said. "Those are the ones I am most interested in."
What is he looking for at Michigan?
"I'll be looking to see how I mesh with their offense, how I feel around the coaches and players and how the academics are and the support system," he said. "It's the same with all the schools - I want good academics and a chance to play football."
Devlin wants to make a decision in August.