Offers picking up for Blue Devils players

Published 9:14 am Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Escambia County Blue Devils defensive lineman Tyler Nero received two more big offers over the weekend with the two most recent National Champions showing interest in him.

On Thursday, Nero received an offer from Auburn assistant coach Luper with head coach Gene Chizik confirming the offer to him on Friday morning.

Nero then made the the trip to Tuscaloosa on Saturday for a meeting with head coach Nick Saban who offered him that day.

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Blue Devils head coach Mark Heaton said that Saban told Nero where he would play and why.

“Coach (Nick) Saban told Tyler they were interested in him playing nose tackle,” he said. “They have two seniors there next year and a redshirt freshman behind them, so that position will be wide open. It would b e a good fit for him because several of the things they do with their defense, we do in ours.”

The interest in Escambia County Blue Devils football players is growing with defensive lineman Dalvin Craft becoming the latest Blue Devil to garner interest from a college program.

Craft, a junior at ECHS, will make a visit to Jacksonville State University this Saturday see the school and meet with coaches.

Blue Devils head coach Mark Heaton said he has spoken to coaches at JSU and other colleges about Craft.

“I spoke with an assistant at JSU and Dalvin is one of their top choices for their defensive line positions,” he said. “He’s going up there to visit on Saturday. He has also receieved interest from Southeast Louisiana as well as Alabama State.”

Other juniors for the Blue Devils are starting to find themselves on the radars of college football teams looking towards the future.

Heaton said as long as players continue to improve they all have a shot.

“Several of our guys are getting looks,” he said. “As long as they continue to improve their skills and more importantly their academics then they all have a shot to play at the next level.”