After transferring from Kentucky following two years with the program, M.J. Devonshire has found a new home.
Devonshire, who played eight games in the 2020 season for UK as a redshirt freshman, announced his decision to leave Lexington earlier this month, landing on the Pittsburgh Panthers as his next college choice. Pittsburgh Sports Now was first to break the news.
The 5-foot-11 cornerback appeared in three games for the Wildcats during the 2019 season, recording five tackles and one pass breakup. During the 2020 season, Devonshire played in eight games, but recorded just one tackle and one pass breakup. He came to Kentucky as a three-star recruit from Aliquippa, PA.
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”It’s just a relief to make this decision and that I’m going to Pitt,” Devonshire told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I’m ready to get started, get there to learn the system and get started on fulfilling my dream of getting to the NFL.”
Devonshire, who will have four full seasons of eligibility left, told Pittsburgh Sports Now that he came to Kentucky not really knowing what to expect of the defensive scheme and chose Pitt because they have a plan that he believes suits his strengths. Devonshire initially chose the ‘Cats over Pitt, Maryland, and Michigan State when he committed back in Feb. 2019.
”Being two years older, I’ve learned some things. I had never been to a Kentucky game,” Devonshire added. “I never watched their games and really walked in blindly and just went by what they said, ‘we play this, we play this. At Aliquippa, we played press man coverage every play. At Kentucky it was different than what I was told. When I entered the portal, I knew this time that I had to know exactly what each team played. I then watched a lot of film on Pitt and saw they played a lot of press man, which is my strong suit and really fits me well.”
Devonshire is now the fifth member of the 2019 recruiting class who has since announced their intentions to transfer.