COACH SPEAK: Jermain Crowell Talks 2019 5* MI OL Michigan State & Mark Dantonio Target Devontae Dobbs


While #2 Michigan State has found plenty of success in recruiting players out of Belleville high school over the course of the past couple of years, as the Spartans recently received a National Letter of Intent from 2018 4-star defensive back Davion Williams and just landed a commitment from 2019 4-star ATH Julian Barnett on Friday, there are still several targets they have their eye on out of Belleville in the 2019 class, including 4-star offensive lineman Devontae Dobbs.

Dobbs’ high school head coach, Belleville’s Jermain Crowell spoke with Spartan Nation recently about the standout offensive lineman, who could also be making his college decision in the near future.

Crowell said that what stands out to him most about his 6-foot-4, 280-pound offensive lineman is his athleticism, which is something that he’s been told by collegiate coaches from all over the country.

“Another big athlete, I think that’s what separates him from everybody else,” he said. “He can move, he can run, he’s a big athlete, he’s about 6-foot-4 and I think his weight is down to about 280-something – when he played this year he was 290. When people talk about him across the country, they talk about him and his athleticism and how good of a football player he is.”

Dobbs, who is regarded as a 5-star recruit according to 247Sports, already holds offers from 26 schools, including offers from Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Nebraska, Penn State, Tennessee, Wisconsin, UCLA, Michigan and Michigan State.

Michigan State already has strong ties to Belleville with the pledges from Williams and Barnett and has also shown serious interest in several of Dobbs’ teammates, including defensive end Jalen Hunt and linebacker Marvin Ham.

When it comes to Dobbs, Crowell said that while Dobbs is obviously a great football player, he’s an even better person and his character is something that receives praise from anyone who has had the chance to meet him.

“He’s got great character, anyone who meets him, he’s super humble and I don’t think he really understands the recruiting process and how great he is, I feel bad for him because he’s one of those kids. Julian is a little bit rougher around the edges than Dobbs. Dobbs is just nice to everyone and he’s trusting of everyone, so the recruiting process is probably going to be a little harder on him than it was for Julian. But he’s a better kid than he is an athlete and a football player.”

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