Before Devontae Dobbs started playing football, he thought it was a silly sport.
“I just saw the players running up and down the field hitting each other,” he said. “But then I started playing and I loved it.”
Dobbs, a junior offensive tackle from Detroit, said he started playing for a youth football league after his barber told his dad to get him on the field.
“I was living in the moment in middle school and I really started liking football because of my relationships with my coaches and teammates,” Dobbs said.
Before playing football, Dobbs played baseball and basketball. He started playing on the football team at Belleville High School, but during his freshman year, he didn’t play through the whistle, said head football coach Jermain Crowell.
“His freshman film was bad,” Crowell said. “He was being too nice and he didn’t finish plays, so I told him to be more aggressive. I told him to play harder and he responded well.”
Dobbs steadily improved and now the five-star prospect has scholarship offers from more than 30 schools, according to 247Sports, including Michigan State, Alabama and Ohio State.
“He is very humble and he doesn’t let it go to his head,” Crowell said. “If he had just one offer, he would be good with that.”
Dobbs said he is looking forward to next year, with his main goal to remain humble. He said he wouldn’t be where he is today without his close-knit support system.
“I was raised mostly by women,” Dobbs said. “My aunt always told me to be authentic and to stay true to my word. I had to learn to keep my priorities straight.”