Many prospects flocked to Grand Valley Sate University this past weekend to compete at the Best of the Midwest camp including Belleville (Mich.) 2019 offensive tackle Devontae Dobbs. The talented youngster came in as one of the more highly regarded prospects in attendance and lived up to the hype after his strong performance, but still knows he has much more to work on.
“I think I did pretty good, but I know I have a whole lot of room for improvement,” Dobbs told The Michigan Insider. “I want to get back to grind days and pushing other guys to reach my level of competition. I learned a whole lot of leverage things like hand placement, staying discipline, good footwork, making sure my steps are a little bit smaller to keep my power.”
With over twenty offers, the early four-star lineman has many suitors to consider, but maintains everyone right now is on an equal playing field with no one sticking out.
“No, not really,” said Dobbs regarding a top list of schools. “All schools are really neutral. I just want to get out to some more schools. I want to continue to build relationships as well.”
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Dobbs hopes to check out several schools this summer like Clemson, USC, Miami, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Georgia, Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan State.
Another school he noted that he would also possibly like to see are the Michigan Wolverines, who came by to see him this spring. They are a program he’s quite familiar with, especially within his own household.
“I feel like they got a great team and are loaded up with players,” said Dobbs. “They got some really good coaches, so I hope they do well this season. I also the competition and the way that they work hard. They got a good academic program and my dad loves Michigan. He is a big Michigan fan. He says to do what I want, but he says it all the time go wherever you want to go, but you know it would be a bonus for me if you were to go to Michigan because you know I love me some Michigan.”
When Dobbs does make the trip over to Ann Arbor, he hopes to learn more about the campus and continue building relationships with the staff.
“I just want to go around campus and see all what they got,” said Dobbs. “I want to get closer with my position coaches and see how he is like and see if that is overall where I may want to go for the next four to five years. It would be Coach Drevno and Coach Frey as my position coaches. We have talked before too. They are pretty nice guys and are really good coaches.”
His summer agenda will most likely be filled with trips all over the country, but he'll also be heading out to Oregon in July as one of the few 2019 prospects selected to compete at The Opening, which he’s very proud of.
“It feels great,” Dobbs said on getting The Opening invite. “It is a big accomplishment in my eyes and not a lot of people that are seniors even get to go to that, so I’m pretty blessed to get a chance to go.”