Scout Ranking: 4-star and No. 6 TE
Measurables: 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds with 4.85 speed
2011 Stats: Dobard was one of the leading pass-catchers among tight ends in the entire state of Louisiana last season. He brought in 35 passes for just over 500 yards and six touchdowns.
What they're saying: Dobard is a prototypical tight end with his combination of size, speed, and toughness. He is a solid blocker, but he can also line up outside, and create mismatches. He can still improve his route-running and his quickness out of his cuts, but he has a good mix of what it takes to be an every down tight end on the next level. He has very strong hands, he can block down, and he can make plays. - Chad Simmons/Scout.com
Recruiting Status: Dobard made a commitment to the Hurricanes back in early April, following an unofficial visit to the school. He had all the major offers at the time -- Alabama, LSU, Florida, Florida State, etc.
What he's saying about Miami: "I've always liked Miami and really like how they use the tight end," Dobard said. "(I was) looking for a school that uses the tight end a lot, especially in the passing game."
Miami angle: This is an absolutely huge commitment for the Hurricanes and since he grew up wanting to play for the Canes, there's a very good chance they'll hang onto it until the very end. He will likely get recruited very hard throughout the entire process by a lot of SEC schools, though. The Canes needed a pass-catching tight end badly in the 2013 class and Dobard gives them one of the best in the entire country. His size/speed/athleticism is outstanding. He's a proven pass-catcher in an offense that likes to throw the ball. He was recruited nationally. He has all the tools to be able to come in and see immediate playing time as a true freshman in 2013. It's one of the biggest commitments of the Al Golden era up to this point for the Canes.