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5-star OL Devontae Dobbs enjoys return to Penn State campus
Devontae Dobbs continues to keep tabs on Penn State as his widespread recruitment evolves. The Belleville (Mich.) High School junior returned to campus last weekend, arriving on St. Patrick’s Day alongside several teammates.
Dobbs, considered the No. 1 tackle and No. 9 overall recruit in 247Sports 2019 composite rankings, spent some time reviewing his trip with Land of 10.
“It was great as always. Penn state is very consistent,” he said.
This 6-foot-4, 270-pound prospect was among the Nittany Lions’ earliest offensive line targets in the 2019 class. Dobbs picked up a Penn State offer in June 2016, coinciding with the conclusion of his freshman year.
Early in this recruiting process, he was enamored with potentially attending the university. That strong start helped Penn State, but time and plenty of other collegiate opportunities have altered his outlook.
“They were a dream school because at the time I didn’t go to a lot of schools and when I got there I fell in love with the facilities,” Dobbs explained. “But now it’s about more.”
Back in January, while attending Under Armour’s Future 50 showcase event in Orlando, Fla., Dobbs described himself as at ease with Nittany Lions leadership. As he continues to dig deeper into details pertaining to each contender, personal relationships are likely to become paramount.
“I just like the coaching staff, the way they are,” Dobbs said. “They’re real chill and relaxed, won’t put pressure on me.”
Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State are among other programs attempting to sustain positive momentum with the premier lineman. He is unsure about an official visit schedule at this stage, though in January he expressed a desire to announce his commitment before the 2018 season.
While on campus, Belleville teammate Damon Payne, a 2021 lineman who competes on both sides of the ball, secured a Penn State offer.
“He’s my prodigy,” Dobbs said.
Watch Dobbs’ highlights from The Opening Finals here:
Nittany Lions offer top-ranked MLB Antoine Sampah
Plenty of attention will be paid to freshman Micah Parsons during Penn State’s spring practice as he competes for starting duties at middle linebacker. Upcoming competition will help Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Brent Pry sort through options at the position in 2018, while the staff remains busy identifying long-term linebackers of interest who are still competing in high school.
Antoine Sampah is anaddition to that list. He announced the arrival of a Penn State scholarship offer last Wednesday, establishing yet another compelling Nittany Lions recruitment in Virginia.
The 6-2, 205-pound prospect lives in Woodbridge, Va., home of Franklin-era signees Ricky Slade (running back) and Chasz Wright (tackle). Sampah, a sophomore at Woodbridge High School, has the makings of a potential 5-star recruit.
Listed No. 1 among inside linebackers and No. 21 overall in 247Sports’ 2020 rankings, he is already a national name to know. His offer sheet reflects the early recruiting hype, as it includes Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.
Sampah was a second-team All-Met selection by the Washington Post in 2017. Additional postseason honors featured an all-state nod among Virginia’s 6A players and Cardinal District Defensive Player of the Year, according to InsideNova.com.
He finished last season with 154 tackles and 3 sacks. Sampah’s performance helped Woodbridge reach state semifinal action.
Sergio Allen (Fort Valley, Ga.), Justin Flowe (Upland, Calif.) and Mekhail Sherman (Washington, D.C.) are among other early Nittany Lions linebacker targets in the 2020 class.
Watch Sampah’s sophomore-season highlights here:
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