UK Lands Four-Star DB Devonshire

Posted at 5:51 PM, Feb 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-06 17:51:48-05
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After signing 21 players in December, Mark Stoops and Kentucky landed just one recruit on Wednesday’s National Signing Day.

However, it was a much needed recruit, as they signed four-star defensive back M.J. Devonshire.

“It was very important, we know what we lost in the secondary,” said Kentucky Head Coach Mark Stoops. I feel confident with the guys we have on campus but we needed depth, we needed numbers, we needed some athletes. I feel good about the guys we’ve signed.”

That secondary, somebody is going to have to step up,” said Kentucky Recruiting Coordinator Vince Marrow. “The good thing about it is I think our front seven, even though Josh Allen is gone, I think our front seven is going to be pretty good. You got to instill a pass rush and that makes your corners and DB’s look better. I think we got the guys, we had some guys start early, so we’ll know in the Spring what we got.”

Scouting Report on Devonshire

Four-start prospect by Rivals … A talented receiver and defensive back at Aliquippa for head coach Mike Warfield … Also returned kicks … Helped the Quips win the 2018 WPIAL Championship and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class 3A Championship title …  Offensively, totaled 327 rushing yards and scored 24 touchdowns four different ways … The average length of those scores was 42.2 yards … Had nine scoring plays of 50 yards or more … Averaged 21.1 receiving yards on 27 catches … On defense, totaled eight interceptions, including three in the PIAA championship game … Was a huge threat on special teams as he posted eight punt returns for touchdowns, one short of the national record …  Had five returns for touchdowns called back because of penalties … Named the 2018 WPIAL co-Player of the Year by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette … Chose Kentucky over Pittsburgh, Penn State and Ohio State.