After what could only be described as a disappointment when 4-star quarterback Dwan Mathis (Oak Park, Mich.) flipped his commitment to Urban Meyer and Ohio State, Mark Dantonio and Michigan State bounced back in a big way by landing one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the nation.
5-star prospect Devontae Dobbs out of Belleville, Mich. had long been talked about as the Spartans top target in this 2019 class, but with so many major programs fighting for his services, Michigan State fans can certainly be forgiven for their excitement when Dobbs announced his verbal commitment.
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— Devontae Dobbs (@Devontae_Dobbs) June 26, 2018
The commitment came just days after an official visit to Los Angeles to visit USC‘s campus. At 6-4 and 304 pounds, Dobbs has the size and strength to possibly start for the Spartans from day one. In addition to Michigan State and USC, other top programs with offers included Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State.
For Dobbs East Lansing was an easy decision according to a recent interview with the Detroit Free Press.
“It feels like home. I know the place like the back of my hand. It’s a real big relief. I know people will still be calling me, but I don’t have to reply.’’
The No. 13 ranked player nationally according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings and the No. 3 offensive tackle in the land joins another bluechip recruit out of Belleville in 4-star CB/WR Julian Barnett, who verbally committed to the Spartans back in December.
In addition to Dobbs, Michigan State has three other commits upon the offensive line for the 2019 class with 3-star tackle Spencer Brown (Walled Lake Western, Mich.), 3-star guard Nick Samac (Mentor, Ohio) and 3-star tackle Damon Kaylor (Huntington, Ind.).
Dantonio adds five commits in less than 24 hours
Following Dobbs commitment on June 25, Dantonio wasn’t done yet as there was a flurry of additions to the 2019 class on Friday, June 29. The first commitment of the day came from a familiar place as Chicago Simeon 3-star athlete Alante Brown chose the Spartans. Michigan State then received commitments from two of the top halfbacks in the midwest in 3-stars Anthony Williams Jr. (Bolingbrook, Ill.) and Brandon Wright (Euclid, Ohio).
The next commitment came from the top wide receiver in the state as West Bloomfield star Tre Mosley also joined Michigan State.
To cap off what was an outstanding day of recruiting for Dantonio and the rest of the Spartans coaching staff, 4-star defensive end Michael Fletcher (Flint Carmain-Ainsworth, Mich.) announced his commitment to Michigan State over other top programs such as Michigan, Wisconsin, Alabama and Kentucky.
The 6-7 and 240-pound edge rusher could be the next in a long line of great pass rushers to come out of Michigan State. 247Sports had him has the No. 7 player in the state, as well as the No. 22 strong side defensive end in the country. The Spartans have done well recruiting out of the Flint area in the past in both football and basketball.
In total Michigan State received six commits this past week and despite losing two other commits from the 2019 class, the Spartans are in good shape with the No. 4 ranked class in the Big Ten and No. 20 nationally according to 247Sports.