Going into his Freshman year at ASU Dohnovan West had never played Center before, but when Starting Center Cade Cote broke his foot less than a week before the Sun Devils 2019 Season Opener, Dohnovan was forced into the starting lineup.
Dohnovan humbly admits he didn’t play very well in his first action, but he’s come a long way since then. In the last 2 seasons he’s started every game for ASU, playing all 3 interior positions. In that time he’s not only become the Sun Devils best Offensive Lineman, but one of the best interior OL in the entire country.
Dohnovan is a fun tape to watch. He’s a force in the run and pass game. In the trenches he uses his wrestling background to generate leverage to move big bodies. He’s also consistent in pass protection, showcasing good footwork and hand technique. In times he got beat he was able to show make-up ability by riding the defender’s outside shoulder forcing his momentum out of the play. Dohnovan thrives pulling and blocking in space. He’s athletic and comfortable moving to the second level and creating lanes in the screen game. Overall he has a strong game, with few weaknesses, and strong traits to build off of.
Going into his Junior year, Dohnovan has made the 2021 Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List and is slated to start at Center for the Sun Devils. With his traits, if he continues to improve, the 1st round definitely isn’t out of question for the athletic mauler. I expect him to be a Top 5 iOL in the 2022 Draft, and has the potential to be #1.