California WR Devin Lucien wanted me to share his senior highlights with you. He said he read the last blog post about him and he loves what all the fans were saying.
Tim Tebow(!) wants you to choose Michigan, Devin. Go blue!
Never seen anyone catch the ball away from his body so naturally. Would love to see him catching passes in Michigan Stadium next year.
Get yourself Blue big boy! We want you here.
I'm in Carlsbad, CA and you need to be in Ann Arbor, enrolled in school soon.
I graduated from Torrey Pines back in '02. I'm glad to see there are other North County San Diego people on Mgoblog.
And yes, the future Devin-to-Devin match-ups are endless! Our helmets have wings!!!
Devin reads this blog, eh? Let's hope he hasn't stumbled across any meltdowns on the subject of something that rhymes with "poaching mange."
Go Blue, Devin!
EDIT: Also, I don't know anything about the level of competition or how to judge things like technique or route running, but holy balls that's an impressive highlight film. When you score literally every time you touch the ball, that's good, right?
Kid seems pretty sick... I like his ability to run after the catch and seems to have good hands/body control. Hope he goes blue.
The only thing wrong with the video is the guys stiff-armed to the ground were not wearing a Buckeye uniform
Soon hopefully it will be a player in a Buckeye uniform.
Can't see the highlights (iPhone) but I'm sure he'd look great in the winged helmet. Go Blue!
Holy shit he's fast. He NEEDS to come to michigan!
Come to Ann Arbor Devin!!!!!
We lose our top 3 outside WRs after next year (Stonum, Hemingway, Odoms) and Je'Ron Stokes only has one year of eligibility after next year. It's obvious how dynamic RichRod's offense is with true playmakers both in the slot and outside - both Stonum and Hemingway are over 500 yards this year.
IMO, one of the keys to keeping this offense in the top-10 nationally is the presence of playmakers on the outside.
me of David Terrel. David was great after the catch especially after catching the quick hitch route.
I hope he is anywhere near what Terrel was, pre Chicago Bears days.
Very good hands and catching ability...a true receiver
It is like his hands are magnets...the ball just seems to stick to them. I love the sportman handing of the ball to the ref after the touchdown...speaks of good character
This kid's a beast! Hope to see you in the winged helmet next year, Devin!
I'm not sure at all how this translate into football speed (i.e. is this a fast time for a high schooler?) but he seems like a burner. It seemed like every highlight was a streaks play with him just flat outrunning guys. Hope he's running those fly patterns for us soon.
He runs a 4.49, not a 4.9
4.9? Why the heck wasn't I recruited as a receiver out of high school than!? I knew I had what it took for the big time.
I'd guess around a 4.5, like his time says Not a complete burner but definitely faster than his competition now. Good speed overall obviously. Really liked his natural catching ability, extremely smooth. Fantastic route runner as well. Love this kid.
Always catches with the hands. Devin also seems much faster in this 2nd video
Just catches the ball so flawlessly, great hands.
Great highlights. Yes, we do need that type of beasting here in Ann Arbor.
Where does he sign?
I just had visions of sugar plums and roses!
Those were some of the best highlights I have seen in a long time... I see the number 1 in this guys future.
He's definitely legit. Great hands, good size, GREAT body control on the jump ball and he is deceptively fast for his size. He would be a very good pickup for Michigan.
Maybe I'm getting old, but that music is tough to stomach :) Devin is a hell of a player though.
Pretty impressive champ. Hope to see you in a winged helmet next year.
the kids good, the kids good.. Now hopefully he wants to play like that in front of the biggest audience there is, streaking down the field with maize wings on his head! Go Blue!
The luck of Lucien. I could definitely see Devin G throwing to Devin L. We just need a good nickname.
we are going to (hopefully) have so many D's starting on offense the next few years.. i love it
Devin throws the ball to Devin, Devin catches the ball and runs down the sideline for a touchdown! Devin runs down the field to celebrate with Devin, as Devin jumps in the air to chest bump Devin.
Devin, Devin, and Dee
Denard, Devin and Dee is version 1.0
The only perscription is more cowbell!
IIRC he is something like the #27 receiver according to one site and like 150 something according to another. I find it really difficult to believe there are 26 better WR's in the country let alone 150 some. I'm not saying he's the best but man, I really can't see many others having a better combination of Devin's talents. The way he catches with his hands and high points the ball, his yac, his SPEED, his stiff arm, etc. His tape looked an awful lot like Braylonfest.
The truth is that I'm not even saying this because I want to stroke his ego or sway him to go Blue but I found those highlights impressive as hell. He looks like the kind of player can make plays that make you say "why don't we just throw it to him every time?" As dangerous as the offense is now and will be next year, having a kid like Devin... man, it's almost too scary to think about.
When I seen his junior film I couldn't belive how low he was rated as a receiver. Seeing these highlights shows me he has even put in some work since then. His speed is good but thats not why hes getting open.. he runs grat routes..look how open he gets and how easily he does it. The D's are constantly rolling coverage his way but he kills them so effortlessly. I would bet the recruiting websites are holding that 4.49 40 against him pretty hard. But there are a bunch of receivers in the Hall that ran that speed so w/e.The tools are all there with this kid, I think h just needs to keep putting in the work and he will get to wherever he wants t be. Would love to see you go Blue Devin, I think you could do some special things with the weapons this offense would already have around you.
The stiff arm on the first highlight was all I needed to convince me we need this talent, now! He's like a Steve Breaston-Braylon Edwards hybrid. This kid was born to fly, so lets dawn him with the winged helmet
Devin - great video. From a fellow SFV resident, Ann Arbor is an awesome place and we'd love to see you in the Maize and Blue.
I wish I would have known about him during the season, I live pretty close to his HS and my fiancee went to his rival high school (Notre Dame). Go Blue DL!
Here are some of Devin's stats. I'm not sure if they are updated or accurate.
It would be awesome if Devin came to play in AA. Also I like to see kids from So Cal play for Michigan.
Always like to see a guy outrun the entire defense. Looks like he's got good hands too. Could use an outside WR like this in the upcoming class.
I love that he actually uses his hands to catch the ball. All the dropped passes were crippling at times this year! I sure hope he decides to come to Ann Arbor because a kid with great hands like that is definitely needed.
I only had time for the first highlight, but two guys stiff-armed, and then outrunning everyone? Impressive.
Devin, my good man. You send a video like that, you have to come! Seriously, I know you'll love your visit, and I hope you choose to join the family.
Devin, my good man. You send a video like that, you have to come! Seriously, I know you'll love your visit, and I hope you choose to join the family.
I read the news earlier today that verbal commit WR Conway was going to have to go the JUCO route. We all know what usually happens to kids that want to play at Michigan, but have to go the JUCO route - they rarely make it on campus.
Now I see that WR Lucien has high interest in Michigan! The class of 2011 sure seems to have a good group of WRs! What a great couple highlight tapes I've watched already on Devin. Hopefully there will be a highlight tape for Michigan WR Devin Lucien's All American season in 2014 or 2015! Would be awesome to have another Heisman winner from the WR position!
Looking forward to a number of "Hello:xxx" posts to read before Christmas! GO BLUE!!
Devin, buddy.....how do you feel about dreads?
Cannot wait to read that! Speed is important but not as important as running routes and YAC = He will be a great one when his career is over as a Wolverine WR!
C'mon Devin, Go Blue!
This kid looks like he's going to be special
Super impressive, Devin just runs away from everybody. Plus what year is the QB every pass is right on the money. He'd look good in the winged helmet too.
I have no idea how ESPN ranked him like the #161 receiver in the country. That's ridiculous.
Anyway, it seems like Lucien got faster from his junior season to his senior year. In his junior year highlights, he was running all kinds of "complicated" (for high school) routes and he was running them very precisely.
This year it looks like the coaches were just like, "Ummm...yeah, you're faster than everybody else now. Just go deep." And it looks like it worked.
Boy does he remind me of HAKEEM NICKS. Same body type. I hope Harbaugh likes him too. Here is to hoping Luck transfers here for 2013,2014 and Lucien is his main target.
I didn't see a CC in the thread title.
I will buy his jersey.
Makes me want him more
If you're reading this Devin, getting praise from Magnus is on par with Obama getting praise from Palin. It just doesn't happen.
And as much of a porcupine as Magnus can be, history would suggest he know his football better than anyone else on this site...
The ESPN ranking is ridiclously offbase. This kid can ball, just an absolute natural in the air. And the hands...you can't teach soft hands.
We're the people, Devin's the dead guy, and Tom's Jennifer Love Hewitt
Looks like hemingway. Jump ball corner route in the endzone all day.
After watching the junior film I was impressed. Now I'm just watching with my jaw on the floor. The catch at 2:35 is just sick, even if it did get called OB.
I'm not going to lie, that is one of the most impressive highlight films that I have ever seen. Come on out to AA Devin, we would all love to see you in the Maize and Blue.
All 113,000 people in the stadium know the play call. It's called "here it comes Devin, now go up and house some fools".
Speed, Hands, Quickness and Agility. He has got everything. He'd look great in a Michigan uniform. Suddenly the loss of Watkins to Clemson doesn't seem have the sting it once did.
Don't forget the amazing stiff arm.
I noticed at the 6:00 mark and 6:34 mark that the teams were playing specifically for him as if they knew it was coming. I really liked at the 6:34 mark where they stacked his side, he caught it at the 4 yard line with 3-4 guys in front of him and he still scored. So many of the clips show his hands, speed, etc but this one was pure determination.
he has a nice long stride when he runs, he covers a lot of ground even though it may not look like he is burning people. i also like that the first two touchdowns were him being physical, throwing a stiff arm and going the distance. GO BLUE DEVIN!!!
all of you are praising his speed which makes it sound great - though his ESPN writeup says he:
He has adequate-to-good top end speed, but he builds to it. Lacks a second gear as a vertical guy and after the catch.
They do praise his route running though - which I think is kind of a big deal in the Spread. So that works for me. As we've seen with some of our guys this year, catching is more of an issue than running - so I'll gladly welcome a player who can catch as well.
He has very good hands and focus to catch the football cleanly and get upfield. He has the size and ability to extend above his head to make plays on the jump ball and also develop as a redzone target.
I was not sold on his speed prior to this, either. However, I mentioned in an above post that he seems to have improved his speed from his junior to his senior seasons. Whether he worked out or just developed more physically, I don't think his speed is a big question mark. And he was an excellent route runner even as a junior, so I like his potential.
I would not be surprised if that ESPN scouting report is from his junior season/junior film, and I think he's improved since then.
Looks like he is already used to beating ND. Go Blue!!
kid is impressive...and fwiw, who is his qb? kid throws darts...
from what i saw in those highlights, that espn review is bogus...seemed to me the kid took off as soon as he caught the ball with fantastic burst....
seems like one of those players that are automatic with the deep ball.
Clearly Bosch, you have not watched the highlight films. The leap this kid made from a very good receiver junior year to a great receiver senior year is astounding. I gaurantee a rerank on him from ESPN. Quite frankly, I'd be surprised if he didn't jump up big time in all
He reminds me of Miles Austin in training...
was not a knock on Lucien. He'd be a welcome addition to our recruiting class if that's the direction he chooses to take. The comment was intended to be a sarcastic dig at the over the top man love being offered up in this thread. Read through the responses and tell me that it's not just a tad bit embarassing.
However, I deleted the comment because I knew it would go over the heads of some of our members......
I can see it now, a future play:
Denard throws a quick side pass to Devin Gardner . . . who throws to a streaking Devin Lucien for a big gain! We will call it D3 in A2.
.......TripleDoom. (to the opposition, of course)
Or when Denard is gone, its Devin to Dee to Devin. Just like you said but with Dee being in.
That is an amazing highlight video but what was most impressive was that after every score he turned and looked for his teammates to kcongratulate them. Humility like that in a high school kid is hard to find. Great athlete with exceptional hands. Would love to have him as apart of this class.
Please come to Michigan.
the way he catches the ball away from his body. He has great hands and doesn't let the ball get into his pads. He made a couple tough catches in traffic where he had to reach out between defenders for the catch...great hands.
Instead of gushing over your highlights, I'm going to do you a real favor. When you are up here on your official, make sure your host takes you to Mr. Spots. Order the Spot Wings with a side of cheese fries. I recommend going for the suicide sauce on the wings. It'll burn so bad that it'll make the muscles in your face twitch, but you'll want to come back for more.
To me, the most impressive thing in this video is how he looks for his teammates to celebrate with after scoring a TD.
Wow that is an impressive video. If we can get him I would completely forget about Watkins. It seemed like he scored 50 touchdowns this year and he has amazing hands. I dont think I saw a time when he let the ball get to his body. He just always seemed to pick it out of the air effortlessly and the ball never moved. The ball seemed to want to be in his hands. I always like a player that uses a stiff arm too
Kid looks pretty solid. Nice speed and burst. I like his hand location when catching the ball as well as his body control and positioning. Stiff arm is nice too. Needs to work on ball security (high and tight baby!) but that's easy to fix. Would be very nice addition. Go Blue Devin!
That was a touchdown on that play. Must have been Big East refs at that game. I found my self watching that play a few times. Than I figured out why. Devin is a MUTANT. He has some football control power. A normal human would not have caught that ball.
His butt hit out of bounds before he crossed the plane. If the tubby zebra could have gotten his ass down there faster he would have seen it better!!
This is an impressive highlight film! I love the way he catches the ball with his hands and high points the ball. He is explosive off the line of scrimmage and looks like he is a threat to go the distance every time he catches the ball.
Previous posts have mentioned that maybe he is not highly rated b/c of his 40 time, but a 4.49 forty is not slow, Rivals top receiver Farmer runs a 4.4 and Sammy Watkins runs a 4.5. Am I missing something?
I would love to see him in blue!
see ya in Ann Arbor, kid! Future star.
Come to Michigan! Play in the Big House in front of 111,000 fans, walk the same halls that Desmond Howard, Charles Woodson, Tom Brady walked (and Denard now walks!) and, more importantly, get a first-class degree that will open doors for you that lesser degrees could not.
I love how after he scores he turns around and seems to wait forever for his teammates to catch up. Speed baby, speed.
Come on down, Devin. Need that playmaking ability on the outside.
Very much improved from his junior year, looks like he could impact as soon as Stonum and co. leave. Does anyone know the level of competition? He looks like he is a far superior athlete than everyone he was playing against.
Crespi is a Division III school. The only level below it, AFAIK, is the Small Schools Division. So his level of competition probably isn't great.
Makes sense then why he was burning everyone, not taking anything away from him though, he looks like a hell of a player. Any other D1 talent on the Crespi team? Devin seemed to have automatic interest in Michigan, hopefully some more guys to pull from there, maybe even in 2012.
Nobody else in the Class of 2011, really. There are a couple kids with lower level offers.
But there's a 2012 recruit named Jordan Simmons, a big OL with offers from UCLA, USC, etc.
Thanks Magnus! If I knew how to +1 you I'd do it. Not that you need it though.
According to my research, Magnus...Crespi is in the highly competitive Pac5 Division I conference, one of the highest ranked in the country. He is definitely going up against some good competition, but has proved himself regardless of what he to go against. Yes, Crespi was ONCE in Division III, PRIOR to Devin's outstanding performances that is clearly seen in both his Junior and Senior highlights.
It's quite obvious that this kid has some major talent.
I found an article online from 2008 that stated they were in Division III. Things might have changed since then, I guess, but I would doubt they would jump from Division III to Division I in just two years.
But anyway...you might be right. Just reporting what I found.
Can anyone else notice the Confidence and Swagger this kid plays with?! Add that to the talent this kid has and he 100% most deff. needs to be wearing the Winged Helmet next year! I know we could use the scholarships on defense but teams feed off big plays and i think this kid has a ton of them to make in his future maize and blue uniform!