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Is Michigan not pushing hard for in-state potential 5-star OL Devontae Dobbs?
It’s a bit early to begin focusing on targets in Michigan’s – or any school’s – 2019 class.
But some names are worth early attention.
Belleville (Mich.) OT Devontae Dobbs – a highly touted top-100 2019 prospect, according to the 247Sports composite rankings – is one of those names to look out for early.
The state’s top prospect in 2019 has an opportunity to be ranked as one of the country’s best.
But, despite those early accolades, it sounds as if the Wolverines aren’t pushing hard just yet for what some say should be their top 2019 prospect.
In an interview with Land of 10’s Jeremy Birmingham – a fantastic Ohio State recruiting writer, if you’d like to check out enemy territory – Dobbs, and others around him, talked about his recruitment.
What stood out most was what a source close to Land of 10 told Birmingham. The source said that Dobbs hasn’t been receiving “much love” from Michigan.
For a guy ranked as highly as he is, despite his signing day being more than a year away, you’d figure Dobbs would be more of a priority.
“They’re just like, ‘It’s at home, it’s Michigan,’ ” Dobbs told Birmingham in regard to his communication with the Wolverines staff. “I’m pretty sure people would dislike me if I was to leave, but I’ve got to do what’s best for me. They’re not the ones doing the four to five years, or three years, however it may be. I’m the one doing it. I can’t go based off what somebody else is saying. I just have got to feel at home.”
Here’s our analysis on this situation: It’s the same thing Michigan always does, especially with in-staters.
The Wolverines are very confident in their ability to land the state’s top prospects. And Michigan has its focus on what’s left on its recruiting board for the 2018 class.
Michigan isn’t going to make a 2019 prospect that it knows it has a very realistic chance to land a top priority when it knows it has more than a year to recruit him.
Regardless, it’s not going to help the Wolverines to play the relaxed recruitment game when schools such as Auburn, Ohio State and the entire Big Ten and SEC are recruiting Dobbs hard.
Maybe the push from others will make Michigan push harder.
Or maybe what it does with nearly every in-state recruitment – the patience game – works again. We’ll find out in a little over a year, or maybe longer.
Thoughts on Michigan target Dallas Gant
Toledo (Ohio) St. John’s Jesuit 4-star prospect Dallas Gant is arguably the best outside linebacker in the country.
He’s certainly the top one on Michigan’s recruiting board.
The national prospect is a heavy favorite to choose a nearby school when he announces his commitment next week. But the kid who grew up 45 minutes away from Ann Arbor likely isn’t headed to Michigan.
Based on all that we know, including strong information inside Columbus, Ohio State is the heavy favorite to land the top Wolverines linebacker prospect.
It’s tough to bring bad news, but it’s hard for any school – even nearby Michigan – to land a player Ohio State wants out of Ohio.
Luckily, there is another linebacker prospect in Columbus that the Buckeyes have yet to push for that the Wolverines might be the favorite to land.
Columbus (Ohio) St. Francis De Sales 3-star LB Brian Asamoah was tabbed an early Cincinnati lean, but a recent push from the Wolverines might give them an opportunity to land the Ohio native.
He’s not a Dallas Gant, but Asamoah’s raw ability gives the Wolverines plenty to work with.
Can the Wolverines make a push?