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Top-ranked OL Devontae Dobbs considers Penn State a ‘dream school’
Devontae Dobbs claims scholarship offers from nearly 30 Power 5 programs, including every premier Big Ten team. His recruitment has taken off during the last year, and any initial thoughts he carried into the process probably have been altered. There is reason for optimism at Penn State, however.
Dobbs, the No. 1 tackle and No. 7 overall prospect in 247Sports 2019 composite rankings, provided some context regarding his feelings for the Nittany Lions during a recent discussion with Jeff Sentell, who covers Georgia recruiting for DawgNation, a DieHards affiliate.
“I’ve already been offered by my dream schools,” Dobbs told Sentell. “My dream schools to be offered by were Tennessee and Penn State. But now it is all about recruiting.”
A 6-foot-5, 280-pound junior at Belleville (Mich.) High School, he lists Penn State as a primary contender alongside schools such as Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. Dobbs said he aims to announce a college selection before the start of this season, and he’s focused on enrolling early at the university of his choice.
Penn State has welcomed him to campus multiple times, most recently July 29 ― only days before the Nittany Lions started preseason camp. Land of 10 caught up with Dobbs last month during an Under Armour All-America event in Orlando, Fla., and he shared some thoughts on the program.
“I just like the coaching staff, the way they are,” he said. “They’re real chill and relaxed, won’t put pressure on me.”
Penn State assistant Tim Banks has been his primary contact with the program. He also spent time with offensive line coach Matt Limegrover in State College last summer.
Dobbs mentioned a potential return trip to Penn State this spring, though travel plans weren’t yet established at the time of our discussion.
“Dobbs said he knows a few of those schools he trusts will receive an official visit,” Sentell wrote. “He said Georgia very likely would get one, considering the distance he’d have to travel from Michigan. He said Ohio State also would be likely to get an official visit.”
Ohio State and Penn State were the only programs that signed two top-10 tackles in the 2018 recruiting cycle. The Nittany Lions add Nana Asiedu and Rasheed Walker to the roster this summer, and James Franklin may be looking ahead at another showdown with Urban Meyer for Dobbs’ signature.
Other notable Penn State tackle targets in the 2019 class include Darnell Wright (Huntington, W.Va.), Xavier Truss (Warwick, R.I.) and William Putnam (Tampa, Fla.).
Dobbs received a rare underclassman invite to The Opening, an annual elite prospect showcase held at Nike’s world headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. Watch highlights of his performance below, and keep in mind he was working against top-tier 2018 defensive linemen throughout these reps.
Nittany Lions DB target Tyler Rudolph reveals commitment timeline
Fresh off his second visit to Penn State in less than three months, Tyler Rudolph has developed plans for his collegiate decision. The Connecticut standout tweeted Wednesday he intends to issue a verbal commitment before the start of his senior season.
Rudolph, a junior at St. Thomas More (Waterbury, Conn.), is considered one of the New England region’s premier 2019 defensive recruits. The 6-1, 197-pound prospect could contribute at cornerback, safety or both in college.
Rudolph received a Nittany Lions offer Nov. 18 when he visited Beaver Stadium for Penn State’s 2017 home finale vs. Nebraska. A tweet about that offer remains pinned to the top of his Twitter profile, though several more have followed.
His offer sheet has swelled to include Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech since Thanksgiving. Rudolph has gained a sense of familiarity in Happy Valley after attending the Nebraska game, a July 2017 camp and a Feb. 3 junior day event.
Rudolph is a two-way star at St. Thomas More. He emerged as an underclassman to know in 2016, catching 83 passes for 1,390 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore, according to MaxPreps.
His high school teammate, 2020 defensive tackle Tre Williams, also holds a Penn State offer.
New England should prove pivotal this recruiting cycle as Penn State seeks reinforcements for its defensive secondary. Along with Rudolph, the Nittany Lions are targeting Lewis Cine (Everett, Mass.) and cornerback Marquis Wilson (Avon, Conn.)
Watch Rudolph’s 2017 highlights here:
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