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5-Star Recruit Committed To Michigan State Trashes Michigan, Ohio State

Recruit Devontae Dobbs poses with a football.

Michigan State landed a major recruit earlier this week. Five-star offensive lineman Devontae Dobbs announced his commitment to the Spartans on Monday.

Dobbs, who plays for Belleville (Mich.) High School, is the No. 2 recruit in Michigan and the No. 3 offensive tackle in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He picked MSU over a number of other big-time schools, including Michigan.

A top prospect in Michigan choosing the Spartans over the Wolverines is noteworthy. Dobbs' apparent reasoning for doing so is even more intriguing.

Michigan State offered Dobbs in June 2016, and Michigan followed suit that August. In an interview with's Evan Petzold, Dobbs said it was how Michigan treated him after they offered that turned him off.

“It felt like Michigan thought they were superior and the big boss to Michigan State. They thought, ‘You have an offer from Michigan, so you should be going to Michigan since you have the offer.’ It was as if they didn’t need to recruit me or better their relationship with me. That was the first thing they did wrong.

“When I went up there to talk to them, I felt uncomfortable because of the way they acted, talked and just were.”

Then, Dobbs told the staff they were like robots. He was officially done considering the Maize and Blue.

“The last meeting I was in, I told them they acted like robots and I just wasn’t comfortable around them. I said it wasn’t a place I wanted to be.”

Dobbs also said the Spartans were consistent throughout his recruitment.

“Michigan State stayed true throughout the whole process,” Dobbs said. “Comparing them to other schools… like Michigan kept talking to me after I got offered by Michigan State. But, once I got the offer from Michigan, they stopped talking to me, which is why they weren’t in my top 8.”

But Michigan wasn't the only program that Dobbs took a shot at in this interview. There was a dig at Ohio State as well.

Here's what Dobbs said about the Buckeyes.

“I didn’t like recruiting because coaches lied to me," Dobbs said. "They did stuff that wasn’t ever going to happen. Places like Ohio State had coaches that told me, ‘You’ll come in and play a ton as a freshman.’"

Dobbs might have put a bulls-eye on his back when he gets into Big Ten play.