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Freshman M.J. Devonshire might help open recruiting pipeline in Pennsylvania

Aliquippa’s MJ Devonshire won both the 100- and 200-meter state track titles last year. (Christopher Horner | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review/


Freshman defensive back M.J. Devonshire of Pennsylvania has the leadership skills that Kentucky coach Mark Stoops — or any coach — wants from potential elite players.

“He’s among the more mature and self-driven high school athletes that I’ve met. He was always willing to be a spokesman for his teams and represented his school very well. Aliquippa has a storied football tradition that includes Mike Ditka, Ty Law, Darrelle Revis and many others,” Chris Harlan of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said.

“Devonshire appreciates that ‘Quips’ history and talked often about how the town shares in the disappointment when the team doesn’t win championships. For that reason, kids from Aliquippa don’t like to lose.’”

Devonshire might also have an even bigger impact with recruiting. Harlan said Kentucky is a team those in the area now think about. One of his teammates, 2020 linebacker Zuriah Fisher, already has a Kentucky offer. A 2021 lineman, Aaron Gunn, from the same area got his first FBS offer from UK.

“Pulling a high-profile recruit like Devonshire certainly earned Kentucky football added respect in eyes around here,” Harlan said.

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