Former Michigan State players Devontae Dobbs, Julian Barnett will transfer to Memphis

The Detroit News

Devontae Dobbs, a former five-star offensive lineman from Belleville and Michigan State, announced on Monday he was transferring to Memphis.

He will be joined on the Tigers by cornerback Julian Barnett, another former Belleville and MSU player who announced he was headed to Memphis. 

Dobbs, the No. 1 player on the Detroit News Blue Chip list in 2019, put his name in the transfer portal on Friday.

Former Michigan State wide receiver/defensive back Julian Barnett is transferring to Memphis.

"Thank you to all the coaches who have reached out for recruitment!" Dobbs wrote on Twitter. "At this time I would like to announce that I will be continuing my educational and athletic career at University of Memphis. #gotigers"

Wrote Barnett: "Thank you Michigan State! Here to take the time out to say that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at The University of Memphis! #gotigersgo"

Dobbs was among a handful of Spartans who entered the transfer portal last week after it was announced that MSU’s final scheduled regular-season game of 2020 was being canceled by Maryland.

The others were quarterback Rocky Lombardi, cornerbacks Davion Williams and linebacker Jeslord Boateng. Barnett earlier entered the transfer portal, as did linebacker Luke Fulton, running back Anthony Williams, linebacker Marcel Lewis and linebacker Charles Willekes.

Like Dobbs and Barnett, Williams also played at Belleville. Barnett was No. 3 on the Detroit News Blue Chip list in 2019.

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Dobbs appeared in four games as a freshman but did not play at all in 2020 under first-year head coach Mel Tucker.

Belleville coach Jermain Crowell told The Detroit News his three former players “had a tough time with the (coaching) transition, with no spring practice and all and the staff not knowing a lot about them.”

Linebacker Antjuan Simmons also announced that he was bypassing his final year of college eligibility to enter the NFL Draft.