Michigan hosted 2014 offensive lineman Nathaniel Devers (Ravenna, Ohio/Southeast) this weekend. The 6-foot-3, 265-pound lineman took the visit to Ann Arbor despite having grown up in enemy territory.
"I was raised to hate Michigan," he said laughing. "But I'm starting to really like it."
Much like most of the other prospects who have gotten the chance to meet the coaching staff in person, Devers says the best part of his visit was sitting down and talking with head coach Brady Hoke.
"They made me feel like I was more than a piece of meat, and a person with my own goals and dreams," he said. "I got to meet Coach Hoke and we hit it off right away. Then they had my No. 76 Michigan jersey out for me. It was awesome."
It hasn't been unusual for prospects to say that they have related well with the coaching staff, but it seems as though Hoke really grabs the attention of targets who play along the line.
"He's a lineman guy and I really liked how he viewed things. He was just a great guy," he said. "We talked about school, football, track, wrestling and what sort of things I did outside of school and sports. He's the coach of a big school and he's the most humble guy around."
Devers has also been out to Cincinnati and Wisconsin, and was recently offered by Toledo. He wasn't offered by the Wolverines on his visit but was told he has a chance to earn one soon.
"I'll be at camp because I want that offer bad," he said.
Devers also plans on making it out to Ohio State, West Virginia, Penn State and Notre Dame. While it's still early in his recruitment, he already has an idea of when he would like to end the process.
"I'm going to make my decision before my senior season, so in the spring of 2013," he said.