The last time Noel Devine spoke about WVU, he was voicing his displeasure with the current coaching staff and how they handled his son, but now he’s praising a former West Virginia coach while on a recruiting visit.
“Had a great unofficial visit at Jacksonville State with my sons. Life is a full circle. I played for Coach Rod at WVU my freshman year, now he’s recruiting my son Dre. Coach hasn’t changed, Still love his players and treat them like family,” said the former Mountaineer running back about how his son’s trip to Jacksonville State turned into a reunion.
Had a great unofficial visit at Jacksonville State with my sons. Life a full circle I played for coach Rod at WVU my freshman year now he’s recruiting my son Dre. Coach hasn’t changed still love his players and treat them like family. #RichKnowsTalent pic.twitter.com/6hgFGUBWK2
— Noel Devine (@noel_devine7) February 4, 2024
Coach Rodriguez posted a picture with Devine, the highest rated prospect he was ever able to recruit to West Virginia. “Great seeing my guy Noel Devine!! A legend!!,” Rodriguez captained the image on X (Twitter).
Devine had even more to say in response to those comments by his old coach. “It was great seeing my college coach Rich Rod. Hadn’t seen him since he left WVU my freshman year and went to Michigan. The best head coach/offensive guru in college football that started RPO tempo spread offense,” Devine added.
It was great seeing my college coach Rich Rod hadn’t seen him since he left WVU my freshman year and went to Michigan. The best head coach/ offensive guru in college football that started RPO tempo spread offense. #RichKnowsTalent https://t.co/diaUJOzaRx
— Noel Devine (@noel_devine7) February 3, 2024
This encounter between Devine and Rodriguez comes less than two months after the WVU Sports Hall of Famer unloaded on the present day West Virginia coaching staff. Devine did not hold back when the Mountaineers failed to sign his son Andre as part of their 2024 class on National Signing Day. Andre’s visit to Jacksonville State is because he actually still has not found his college home for next season.
“Looking to find my son a home. It’s sad to see what college football has become with this transfer portal. These coaches leave high school kids left behind to get a kid that’s already developed from the transfer portal. Disappointed in WVU football,” said Noel Devine on X (Twitter) on Dec. 22.
According to what Devine also said as a reply to fan, his son was offered by West Virginia at one point, but was then ignored when he told the coaching staff he was ready to commit and join his father as a Mountaineer legacy. Andre did take multiple recruiting visits to WVU throughout the past year.
There’s no way to know what the truth of the situation actually is since no WVU coach is going to admit to ignoring the son of a former player, but it’s still unsettling to see someone who had success as a Mountaineer so upset at the program.
But to be fair and offer context, West Virginia did sign multiple running backs, both carrying better ratings than Andre Devine. Traevon Dunbar and Diore Hubbard signed their national letters of intent with WVU on Wednesday. They are rated as consensus three-star running backs and among the top 50 prospects in their states. Devine only holds a three-star rating from two major recruiting outlets (On3 and 247 Sports) and they rate him as the number 209 and 234 player, respectively.
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