Mervo WR Justin Devaughn recaps Maryland official, message from Olympic star

Mervo (MD) three-star Justin Devaughn made the short trip to College Park on Thursday alongside his parents and cousin for the first of two official visits before the 6-foot, 175-pound wide receiver departed on Saturday morning. With Spalding three-star cornerback Jayden Shipps and former Oklahoma kicker Gavin Marshall on campus through Friday before Shipps departed on Saturday, Devaughn knows that Maryland rolled out the red carpet for its in-state target.

“We went out a couple of days, we went bowling, Top Golf. We had a lot of fun.” The highlight of the visit? “Definitely the presentation.”

The Baltimore native sat down with offensive coordinator Josh Gattis as Maryland showed film of the Terps’ 2023 season film cut up with Devaughn’s junior film, giving the speedy wideout a clear chance to see how the staff envisions his fit within the offense. But a message from Olympic track star Grant Holloway midway through caught Devaughn’s full attention.

“I didn’t see that coming. We had a film session and [Josh Gattis] was comparing me to athletes he had and he used to recruit him. Coach [Josh] Gattis used to recruit him back in like 2016. He said my playstyle reminded me of his, so he went from that then put the video on the screen.”

And given Devaughn’s explosive track times that translated on the field through his junior season, there was one speedy Maryland receiver that Gattis said to watch: “he said for me to watch #10 [Tai Felton].”

Devaughn knows he fits into Locksley’s style and approach on offense. “He wants the same thing for me. He wants to get straight to business. He wants me to be there, on his team, in that offense,” he added. “I definitely could see me fitting in because they’re such a passing team and my speed and agility fits with what they do.”

While Devaughn got a chance to strengthen his relationships with the Terps’ football staff, he also got a chance to meet track and field head coach Andrew Valmon as he eyes the possibility of becoming a two-sport athlete in College Park.

“I talked to them for a bit. That was the first time I got to get in contact with them. We had a good conversation. He answered all the questions I had for him so I’m all set.”

Following his Maryland official visit, Devaughn included the Terps in his final six alongside Pitt, Syracuse, Indiana, Minnesota and Virginia Tech. Devaughn is still planning to take his official visit to Minnesota next weekend while both Pitt and Syracuse are in the mix for an official visit the weekend of June 21.

Justin Devaughn is rated a three-star prospect and an 89 overall by On3, checking in as the 11th-best prospect in Maryland and 49th-best wide receiver.

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