Regarded as one of the top offensive line prospects from the state of Michigan’s 2019 class, Devontae Dobbs admits he still has a lot to learn on the offeneive side of the ball as he enters his sophomore year at Belleville (Mich.) High.
"My offers been coming for offensive tackle but they're saying my skill set could be defensive tackle so I've got to look more into it,” said Dobbs, who stands at 6-foot-5, 270-pounds.
"I'm not sure yet (on playing just offense), because I haven't been practicing defense that much, so I got to get more reps at defense so I can see which one is more fun to me.”
Either way, it hasn’t stopped top programs from the Midwest form extending offers his way.
"Yeah sometimes I have to step back and think about it like, ‘holy, I've got an offer from Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan,’” Dobbs said. “And sometimes I do have to look back and look at all my accomplishments. I sit down sometimes and let it sink in."
Michigan , of course, extended an offer to Dobbs during his trip to Ann Arbor in early August for U-M’s annual recruiting event “Barbecue at the Big House.”
"It was fun,” Dobbs said. “Got a chance to spend some time with my dad talking to coach (Jim) Harbaugh, talking to some of the other players it was a little bit fun."
Dobbs’ father was there when he received his offer from the Wolverines, too.
"He was just happy,” Dobbs said. “He was happy just to be there and then once it was a surprise to him he didn't know he was going to talk to coach Harbaugh, and then his eyes lit up and he was just smiling and cheering the whole time he was there."
That being said, what are Dobbs’ biggest factors in his recruitment?
"Mainly I want to feel like I'm at home,” Dobbs said. “Academics, I want to like the coach and make sure that that coach is going to be there long enough for me to still be there."
Adding: "Distance from home, I've been talking to my family but they said as long as I go out there and handle my business, get my education I can always come back."
Sam Webb contributed to this story