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Former Kentucky CB M.J. Devonshire has transferred to Pittsburgh

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.

”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.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

10 Comments for Former Kentucky CB M.J. Devonshire has transferred to Pittsburgh

  1. VilleCat11
    9:59 pm December 29, 2020 Permalink

    So this dude came here and never watched our games at all to know how our defense runs… Seems kinda silly to me… I think our defense if pretty darn good!!
    Hope he finds what he is looking for at Pitt..

  2. satcheluk
    10:22 pm December 29, 2020 Permalink

    Shame on you if you committed to a team without knowing what their scheme was.

  3. CJKAssassin123
    1:03 am December 30, 2020 Permalink

    If all you can do is play press man than you have no chance making it to the NFL! Good riddance!

  4. ClutchCargo
    1:19 am December 30, 2020 Permalink


  5. bbn606
    7:52 am December 30, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t care what kind of defense you run, the cornerback position is basically the same. He should just shut his mouth and move on.

    • danielscott52
      7:56 pm December 31, 2020 Permalink

      Its actually not

  6. IndianaSucks
    8:26 am December 30, 2020 Permalink

    The hostility on here sometimes…

  7. Pensacola_Cat_Fan
    9:10 am December 30, 2020 Permalink

    Good luck to him. No need to bash the young man.

  8. millertim
    9:59 am December 30, 2020 Permalink

    Can’t imagine that a really good “press man” coverage corner couldn’t get much playing time. If he’s as good a press ocver guy as he claims, he would’ve found plenty of playing time. From what I remember of him, he got burned often and couldn’t make a tackle… Hope he improves and makes it big at Pitt!

  9. Ryan Lemonds Toupee
    10:24 am December 30, 2020 Permalink

    Best of luck to him. He got passed over by the valentine kid. He’s a baller