Long trip to Clemson worthwhile for 4-star


Four-star offensive tackle Devontae Dobbs was one of the more distant travelers for Clemson’s game against Louisville on Saturday.

The 2019 prospect from Belleville, Mich., made the approximately 11-hour trek to Tigertown, and was rewarded with an instant-classic contest that Clemson won 42-36 thanks in large part to a defensive stand in the final moments.

“Man, that was just great,” Dobbs said of the game during a recent interview with The Clemson Insider. “I was up and out of my seat for that last defensive play. Man, it was exhilarating.”

The game was naturally the highlight for most recruits in attendance, but Dobbs enjoyed his overall experience at Clemson, as well.

“It was great and exciting,” Dobbs said. “Some nice food and hospitality. Along with a great atmosphere of fans.”

A sophomore, Dobbs has already made a name for himself on the recruiting trail. The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder has been offered by Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Ohio State, Penn State and Tennessee among other schools.

Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell indicated to Dobbs that the Tigers are interested, too.

“He said that he’s really excited about me,” Dobbs said.

Dobbs hopes to become more acquainted with Caldwell in the future.

“I haven’t learned much (about him),” Dobbs said, “but I do what to build a relationship with him.”

After visiting for the first time, what does Dobbs like about Clemson?

“Deshaun Watson,” Dobbs said, “and they have a nice O-line.”

So far this season, Dobbs has also been to Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. He is slated for a visit to Miami next.

Dobbs is rated by 247Sports as the No. 1 prospect in Michigan, the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle and the nation’s No. 14 prospect regardless of position in the class of 2019.

A few factors will be important to him when he makes a commitment decision in the future.

“My decision will be based on can I get better at this school as a student, then an athlete?” Dobbs said. “I have to feel at home. I love diversity, and I need to have a built relationship of trust from coaches.”

Dobbs’ trip to Clemson was a long one, but worthwhile.

“Yeah, it was worth it,” he said.

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