One bit of interesting news to come out of the NIKE Sparq Combine in Massillon two weeks ago was that a sophomore lineman would be lining up elsewhere come fall. Nathaniel Devers, a Special Mention All-Ohio selection at Ravenna Southeast High is headed to Massillon Washington.
One bit of interesting news to come out of the NIKE Sparq Combine in
Massillon two weeks ago was that a sophomore lineman would be lining up
elsewhere come fall.
Devers, a Special Mention All-Ohio selection at Southeast High, would
be taking his talents to Massillon Washington the ensuing Monday.
“I grew up in the country and I went to Ravenna Southeast, I’ve
always gone there since kindergarten,” Devers said. “My dad’s worked in
Massillon for the past four years, three and half years, so we decided
to move up here and save gas money and it would be a good family move.”
Devers moves on with the highest of expectations.
“I think the competition will be a lot better and I feel like it
will do me better as an individual,” Devers said. “And I feel like I’ll
be a big part of this team and family.”
At 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds, Devers comes well equipped to man the
trenches for the Tigers and aims to bring toughness to the gridiron at
Paul Brown Stadium.
“I have pretty good leadership skills, I think I lead by example
and not too much talking,” Devers said. “I work hard in the weight room
and I work hard on the football field. I’m always blocking hard and
working for hard for my running back.”
More than likely, Devers will continue to play a two-way role at Washington.
“Offensive tackle was my main position, I was All-Ohio last year
as a sophomore in DIII,” Devers said. “And on defense, I like defense,
I’ll play D-end, D-tackle, whatever they need me (to play), wherever
I’ll do the team best is where I’ll play. Jason Hall (head coach) told
me I’ll be playing offensive tackle and he’d like me to play some
Already, Devers loves everything he knows about Massillon.
“It’s life. Football is life,” he said. “There’s good tradition.
It’s everything. And it’s easier on my dad and I feel like I can play a
big role here and help this program.”
And even though Devers was already building his resume at
Southeast to hopefully land a college scholarship, a move to a big-time
high school program likely enhances his chances of ending up at a big
time college program in two years.
“I’ve got interest from a lot of people that want me to come on
visits to their schools, unofficial visits of course,” Devers said. “And
I’m looking, hopefully, to get offers soon from maybe Ohio State,
Wisconsin or Notre Dame, something like that.”
He’s certainly considers himself to be a fan of the Buckeyes.
“Well, it’s a good school, a good program,” Devers said. “It’s an
Ohio school and I’d really like to be a part of that. If Ohio State,
like if I got an offer, if Urban Meyer came in here right now and talked
to me I think he’d probably swing me right away to Ohio State. But I am
a Buckeye fan. I’ve always been a Buckeye fan.”
Devers knows he will have to keep all of his options open as he gets further into the recruiting process.
“I’m open-minded right now. Right now I’ll give interest to
anybody that shows interest in me,” Devers said. “I’d just love to play
college football, at the next level. I love football and I’ll play
But before he gets to that stage in his young career, Devers has
some other immediate goals in sight as he starts off with the Tiger
“I want to break their bench record, break their squat record,
break their clean record,” Devers said. “Going into my sophomore year I
benched 385 but I had shoulder surgery, which I’m fine now. So I think I
can do 405 or 425 right now and their record is 380 so I should shatter
Devers had a shoulder injury at the end of last season and he claims it’s fully healed now.
“In the last game of the season I tore my labrum in my shoulder
and it’s all healed now,” he said. “It’s fully healed, all the way. I
tore it the last game.”
And now he can’t wait until his first game as a Massillon Tiger. He’s never played in the stadium.
“I’m looking forward to the fans, the crowd and just being a part
of it,” Devers said. “It’s Friday Night Lights. There’s nothing like