Devlin's high school coach, Mike Matta, had a few stories to illustrate what kind of leader Devlin is. For instance, one day as he was nursing a separated shoulder he injured early in his senior year, Devlin saw his coach coming off the field with the team. Matta had told the kids to stop practicing because they were being particularly sloppy and lazy. Devlin saw this and "told them, ‘Turn around and go back on the field. We’re getting this right,’" Matta recalled. "And he didn’t yell or curse. The just followed. And he then ran practice."