When looking at Michigan State’s 2019 recruiting class, there are plenty of big-time names and recruits, but perhaps none are bigger or brighter than Belleville (MI) 5-star offensive lineman Devontae Dobbs, who officially signed his National Letter of Intent with the Spartans on National Signing Day back on December 19th.
Dobbs, who was a highly coveted recruit and fielded 30 offers, recently spoke with Spartan Nation to recap his recruitment among other topics and said that while he did enjoy the recruiting process, he’s happy to have it behind him now that he is officially a Spartan.
“I’m really excited to be committed and signed with Michigan State,” he said. “It’s a big relief not going through that process (anymore), although it was a fun process.”
Among the schools that extended, offers to Dobbs were Auburn, Alabama, USC, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Penn State, Wisconsin, and Nebraska.
But throughout the recruiting process, Dobbs was able to remain level headed as he tried to decide which school was the best fit for him, something that Dobbs credits to his family teaching him to be humble.
“I think the main thing with my family is just being humble because anything can be taken away from you,” he said. “Don’t get a big head because you’re doing something special.”
When he arrives on campus at Michigan State, Dobbs figures to compete for playing time right away in East Lansing and will bring a skilled and diverse skillset to the Spartans’ offensive line group but said one of his best traits is his effort and willingness to block downfield.
“I think moving down the field, not just sitting there at the line of scrimmage,” he said. “I like to go down the field and make more blocks, just giving the extra effort.”
One of the first things that can be seen when watching Dobbs on the field and on film is his already polished footwork and elite athleticism, which shows in his pass blocking, but the 6-foot-4, 305-pound standout lineman also said that he feels he is a quality run blocker as well.
“People think because I’m athletic that I’m a good pass blocker,” he said. “But I also think I’m a great run blocker as well and take pride in.”
While its well known that the Spartans are getting a great football player in Dobbs, the Spartans are also getting a great person as well, which was evident to the Michigan State coaching staff throughout their recruitment of the 5-star recruit.
“I feel like I don’t like the flashy stuff,” Dobbs said of his personality off the field. “I just like being around people – I was thinking about it today at school, I just like seeing people happy. That’s just what I’m all about, enjoying life and enjoying the people that you’re around.”
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