Devaughn Hanley knows about moving around because when he was 14 years old he transferred from Snellville (Ga.) Brookwood to Cerritos (Calif.) Gahr and it was a difficult time but now that schools from across the country are recruiting him a move back east might not be a huge adjustment.
Hanley, a 6-foot-3, 264-pound defensive tackle who earned defensive line MVP honors at the National Underclassmen Combine, said Kentucky and Miami are showing him the most interest and he's also hearing from Iowa, Texas and Michigan. Some Pac-10 schools are also in the mix.
"It was kind of hard moving because I didn't have many friends out here," Hanley said. "I was used to the area. The weather was great out here. It was a big difference and it was kind of hard. All my friends were out there.
"It really will prepare me if I have to move to a different state since I'm used to it because I already had a big move from Georgia to California."
Kentucky has kept close tabs on Hanley, one of the better-looking prospects at last weekend's Rivals.com Five-Star Academy at UCLA. A visit this fall could happen if the Wildcats continue to pursue him. Hanley said he's interested in how new coach Joker Phillips will handle the team.
"I like their program a lot and their strength and conditioning program," Hanley said. "I'd like to be a part of that. I'd like to experience the campus.
"They're talking about the games they've had and the history of their campus. I definitely want to see how it works out this year. I'd like to visit the campus there and see how the coaches are."
Miami is also showing interest and Hanley, who finished with 52 tackles and seven sacks in his junior season, definitely wants to hear more from the coaching staff. A visit to see the Hurricanes could also happen at some point. Arizona, UCLA, USC and Washington are the Pac-10 programs that have been in touch.
"I really love the strength and conditioning program," Hanley said of Miami. "I want to get to visit the school and I'd like to see if I'd like the surroundings of the school. That could be a really big visit for me. It kind of fits me. I'm from the south so I'd be able to fit in."