High-four star offensive tackle Devontae Dobbs has already made the long trip from Belleville, Mich., to Clemson once, and he plans to return again in the offseason.
Dobbs, the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle, the top prospect in Michigan and a top-15 prospect overall in the 2019 class according to 247Sports, visited Clemson on Oct. 1 for the Tigers’ game against Louisville.
The Clemson Insider recently checked in with Dobbs, who expects to get back on campus over the summer.
“Yes sir,” Dobbs said, “during camp season.”
Dobbs told TCI after his visit in October that he enjoyed his time in Tigertown, particularly the hospitality Clemson showed while hosting him and the other recruits, as well as the atmosphere in Death Valley.
During the visit, Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell expressed to Dobbs his excitement about him, and Dobbs hopes to build a stronger relationship with Caldwell and the coaching staff when he comes back to Clemson.
“Just be in the city and its atmosphere and getting to know the coaches better,” Dobbs said.
Though only a sophomore, Dobbs already has offers from Auburn, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Wisconsin and a list of others.
Several of those schools are recruiting the 6-foot-4, 270-pounder the hardest right now.
“Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Florida and Penn State mostly,” Dobbs said.
The Tigers have told Dobbs they are waiting until after the season to evaluate underclassmen, so an offer from Clemson could come sometime after he gets a closer look from the staff.
Dobbs admires the passion of Clemson’s coaches and their commitment to winning.
“The atmosphere and enthusiasm of the coaches,” Dobbs said. “All coaches that show that fire of winning in a way that makes others around them believe in their dreams sets me in the right direction.”
This season, Dobbs also visited Notre Dame for its game against Virginia Tech, Michigan State for its game against Michigan and Ohio State for its game against Maryland.
“They were all great,” Dobbs said.
Still in the early stages of his recruitment, Dobbs doesn’t have any leaders at this time.
“I’m just getting started,” he said. “I love who loves me.”