Elite 2019 OL Gets Second Look At ND

February 27, 2017

Devontae Dobbs is closing in on 20 offers, but the 2018 Michigan offensive tackle isn’t focusing on them, at least not yet.

“I try not to think about it and just keep working,” the 6-foot-4, 280-pounder from Belleville, Mich., said.

Dobbs’ offer sheet already includes big-time schools like Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State, Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Florida, Auburn, Oregon, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Cincinnati among others.

“They like my competition level,” he said of college scouts.

Dobbs doesn’t have an offer from Notre Dame yet, but did stop in South Bend for the second time a week ago.

“It went pretty good,” Dobbs said of the quick visit on his way home from the Best of the Midwest Combine in Indianapolis.

“We watched a highlight film. We talked with the o-line coach for a little a while and heard how he turned around the program. It was all about being a team player and being a leader.”

His first visit to Notre Dame came last fall.

“I was there for the Virginia Tech game,” Dobbs said. “I know it was very cold, I know that. They have a tradition where they do push-ups with the players. It was pretty good, but we left at halftime, so we didn’t get to talk with the coaches.”

The Belleville High School standout said he intends to stay in touch with Irish offensive line coach Harry Hiestand and expects to return to Notre Dame.

“I think I will, but I’m not 100 percent sure when,” he said.

Dobbs, who visited Kentucky on Sunday and has made trips to several other schools, isn’t in a rush to make a decision.

“I’ve still got to take some more visits and get to know the coaches,” he said.

And he doesn’t have any leaders yet either.

“They’re still all neutral,” he said. “I’ve still got to take more visits.”

But he does have an idea of what he’s looking for.

“Feeling at home, seeing how the players are, talking more with the players and seeing how they see the school other than what the coaches tell you. Coaches can tell you anything, so you’ve really got to ask the players.”

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