5-Star OT Devontae Dobbs Selects Michigan State

5-Star OT Devontae Dobbs Selects Michigan State

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5-Star OT Devontae Dobbs Selects Michigan State

A day after Dwan Mathis announces he’s flipping to Ohio State, Dantonio nabs prized recruit as 2019 class shaping up to be another sensational haul.

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“They just win games.”

That’s a quote from Michigan State’s newest commitment to the 2019 recruiting class, 5-star offensive tackle from Belleville, Michigan, Devontae Dobbs.

There are all kinds of takeaways from this announcement – but, perhaps the most important element of the whole story stems from this pretty brilliant quote from the kid who is regarded by many as the top offensive lineman prospect in the nation.

It’s worth repeating his quote.

“They just win games.”

There is so much fanfare all across college football created by lots of noise, lots of personality quirks, lots of mumbo jumbo.

Michigan State just wins games.

Dobbs is the most prized recruit to commit to Michigan State since Charles Rogers.

Charles Rogers would probably be the first person to say that his full potential wasn’t ever reached once he was drafted and had a shot at stardom in the NFL.

But, there isn’t any questioning the super-human athleticism, excitement, and skill be demonstrated as a Spartan.

Devontae Dobbs won’t be tip-toeing his way around the back of the endzone while hauling in legendarily spectacular touchdown catches – but it’s possible that Dobbs may have an even bigger fundamental impact on the program’s ability to, as he puts it, just win games.

We don’t get too riled up about recruiting here at SpartansWire.

We leave that to the really smart people.

As we mentioned in our coverage of Dwan Mathis’s decision to de-commit from Michigan State and head, instead, to Columbus, there are so many variables that go into whether or not a 17-year old kid can end up delivering on all of the promise that is baked into his potential as a recruit.

Speaking from the Spartan perspective, there have been more than a few recruits who were supposed to save the program many years ago only to turn into cautionary tales.

If you weren’t around when George Perles and Nick Saban brought in guys like Marcus Waters, Tyrell Dortch, Boo Boo Thompson, Ryan Van Dyke, and so many others, just try to think of the last time your buddy told you he was setting you up with a smokeshow and when you showed up at the bar to meet her, he introduced you to this:

But, from time to time, there are recruiting victories.

Even at Michigan State where we all know that guys like Kirk Cousins, LeVeon Bell, Darqueze Dennard, and Jack Conklin were considered to be the recruiting class equivalent of this:

Devontae Dobbs – welcome to Michigan State.

Keep working hard.

Keep your head on straight.

Keep your eyes on the most important thing – your own quote about just winning games.

When you arrive in East Lansing a year from now, you’ll be in a position to become a Spartan legend.

Everything associated with that will lead you achieving all of your dreams.

‘Excited’ Belleville 5-star OT Devontae Dobbs says ‘yes’ to MSU

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio got his prize recruit in the 2019 class, getting news on Monday that five-star offensive tackle Devontae Dobbs of Belleville will be joining the Spartans’ program.

Dobbs is arguably the top tackle in the country and the top recruit for the Spartans in the last 20 years, joining such players as receiver Charles Rogers (No. 3 overall, 2000) and defensive tackle Malik McDowell earlier this decade.

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MSU had some bad news earlier Sunday with Oak Park four-star quarterback Dwan Mathis announcing that the Spartans were no longer in his plans, flipping to Ohio State, but the news of Dobbs heading to East Lansing was reason for optimism.

Dobbs, 6-foot-4 and 305 pounds, earned a spot on The Detroit News Dream Team last fall after helping Belleville to a No. 1 ranking before an upset loss to Canton in the district finals. Dobbs is The Detroit News’ No. 1-ranked player in the preseason.

He played with a torn labrum for the majority of the season and had surgery in early February. He is expected to be ready for training camp later this summer.

More: MSU in top 7 for Canton 3-star DE Darius Robinson

Then, on Monday Dobbs announced his decision on Twitter, saying: “I am blessed and extremely excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and football career at Michigan State University. All glory to God! I want to thank my family and coaches for supporting me all these years and I ask for your continued support. I have a very strong village and I love them.”

Despite the shoulder injury, Dobbs showed what he was capable of when he put on a crushing block, leading to Deon Selma’s 10-yard touchdown in overtime to highlight a 34-31 comeback victory over Brighton in the season opener at the Big House.

Belleville piled up nine more consecutive victories to push its record to 10-0 before the district title game loss to Canton.

It would be safe to say that Dobbs’ teammate Julian Barnett was MSU’s biggest recruiter, trying to reel Dobbs in with him to East Lansing after committing to MSU this past winter. Barnett, a four-star receiver, had 42 receptions for 836 yards and 13 TDs.

Belleville defensive back Davion Williams will be a freshman this season for the Spartans.

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Devontae Dobbs is the highest ranked recruit has gotten a commitment from since 2000 when WR Charles Rogers (No. 3 overall) was in the class. A look at other highly-ranked guys MSU has signed since then. https://247sports.com/Article/Michigan-State-lands-five-star-Devontae-Dobbs-a-historical-context-119351308 

“They really don’t pressure me, just tell me you know you’re coming to (Michigan) State and I just say, ‘Yeah, yeah, all right.’” said Dobbs during an interview with The Detroit News back in April of Barnett and Williams, trying to persuade him into joining them in East Lansing.

“I’ve been going up there at Michigan State since I was in the seventh or eighth grade, really the first school I was introduced to. I really like the stability at Michigan State. They get players and really develop them, even if they’re not four or five-star guys. They just win games. Coach Dantonio does some unbelievable stuff with what he’s got, just a real good coach.”

Belleville coach Jermain Crowell praised Dobbs for his careful decision-making process.

“I liked the way he took his time, liked the fact that he let all the other schools who were recruiting him real hard know that he appreciated them recruiting him, just like how he went about his business in a class way,” Crowell told The News on Monday night. “He took his time, went to Auburn, went to USC and he was sure of his decision.

“Yes, Julian (Barnett) and Devontae are pretty close, but this is all about him and Michigan State. He’s comfortable with the coaches and it felt like home. It’s where he wants to be.”

And, how is Dobbs’ shoulder?

“He’s back running now,” Crowell said. “He’s taking it slow and he still has more therapy to do, but at least he’s back on the football field so I’m happy. He’ll be ready to go by the end of July.”

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