Devontae Dobbs made his first trip to Tuscaloosa on Tuesday to check out the start of Alabama’s spring practice, and he came away impressed with two things in particular — Nick Saban and the weight room.
Dobbs, the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle in the Class of 2019 from Belleville (Mich.) High School, told SEC Country that he could see himself fitting in with the culture at Alabama when he makes his college decision.
“If my decision is to go here, then yes, because they have players doing what I want do,” Dobbs said. “They work hard and they make it clear that you are not going to be given anything.”
— Devontae Dobbs (@Devontae_Dobbs) March 21, 2017
The 6-foot-4, 270-pound prospect had a chance to get some 1-on-1 time with Saban where the coach told him about the process of playing football at Alabama and what he looks for in the players he recruits.
The main takeaway Dobbs got from his talk with Saban is that the five-time national champion is just a regular guy to interact with.
“That coach right there is very genuine,” Dobbs said. “I just really like how honest he is.”
The 5-star prospect was also blown away with the weight room, which he classified as the nicest he’s seen since he started visiting colleges. Some of the other schools that Dobbs has visited include Auburn, Clemson, Ohio State, Michigan, Kentucky, Notre Dame and Michigan State.
“The weight room was huge, but not huge just for looks,” Dobbs said. “It was big so extra work could be going on to strengthen players’ weaknesses. For example, you’re going to get bigger and stronger, but what if you needed better feet, too? The weight room provides them enough space to get that extra work done.”
Michigan is considered the favorite to land Dobbs when he makes his decision because his high school is located less than 20 miles away from the Wolverines’ campus. But after Tuesday’s visit to Tuscaloosa, it’s clear the Crimson Tide have given him something to think about.