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Michael DeVries, Centaurus
Centaurus lineman Michael DeVries, shown competing in preseason drills as a junior, has given a verbal commitment to the Air Force Academy.

The Centaurus football team hasn’t registered big numbers in the wins column the past few seasons, but that doesn’t mean the Warriors haven’t been producing one of the state’s finest defensive linemen.

Michael DeVries has somewhat toiled in anonymity with Centaurus not receiving much notoriety on the statewide level, but if one needs proof to understand he is big-time athlete, here it is: The incoming senior has committed to play defensive end for the Air Force Academy.

DeVries, listed at 6-foot-2, 265 pounds last season, was told that he will start his career as a defensive end but could eventually shift to the interior line as he increases weight and adds strength.

“It was a long summer trying to put myself out there and going to a number of camps,” DeVries said. “I went to the Air Force camp and really liked the D-Line coach there, coach Tim Cross, and fell in love with the way he coaches, his energy and his character.”

DeVries wasn’t quite sure about the military commitment, so he still mulled other opportunities. He had visited Northern Colorado and Hillsdale College, a Division-II program in Michigan, but hadn’t yet received official offers.

While DeVries was at a basketball camp, Cross called and offered him a scholarship at AFA. DeVries had one football camp left, so he attended that one. Then, he and his family drove to the Air Force Academy and DeVries gave his verbal commitment.

“The reason I chose Air Force is the chance to play Division-I football and the free education, of course,” he said. “I don’t have to pay a dime which is ridiculous to even think about. Plus, after I graduated, if I don’t make it to the NFL – and I’m not banking on that – I’ll have a great education.”

Despite missing some time due to injury last season, DeVries collected seven tackles for losses and had 12 quarterback hurries. He also intercepted a pass.

DeVries’ sister, Ivy, was a member of the Peak to Peak girls soccer team’s Class 3A state championships in 2012 and ’13 and will be a sophomore at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

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