Friday, February 1, 2013
Will ASU QB commit visit Clemson?
By Brent Sobleski
UPDATE: Five days remain until national signing day. ESPN 300 quarterback Josh Dobbs (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta) is a white hot prospect as teams attempt to finish strong. Tennessee is making a late hard sell. Clemson is still trying to entice the dual-threat quarterback. Dobbs, meanwhile, has remained committed to Arizona State. Dobbs is ripe to be flipped, but it hasn't happened yet.
"...he hasn’t made any decision to this point about that," Alpharetta coach Jason Dukes told told Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "He’s still committed to Arizona State. If you ask him where he’s at, that’s what his answer is. Until he tells me something different, that’s what I have to go with.”
Clemson won't have the opportunity to get Dobbs on campus and make this a legit three-team race.
Dobbs' decision will come down to Arizona State or Tennessee.
There is a brighter football future with Tennessee due to the Volunteers' uncertainty at quarterback. Another positive for Tennessee is that it also has an aerospace engineering program which was one of the primary reasons Dobbs' initially chose Arizona State. Academics will certainly be a factor in Dobbs' decision. The combination of football and academics may be enough to eventually flip Dobbs to the Vols.
Arizona State is relatively set at the quarterback position for the next few seasons with Taylor Kelly and Michael Eubank both on the roster. The Sun Devils also expect to add quarterback Joshua Dobbs on national signing day. Dobbs will have multiple options once he eventually sits down to sign his letter of intent. Options that now include Clemson and Tennessee.
"Clemson is apparently hedging their bet against the possibility of Asiantii Woulard picking UCLA, and are making a late attempt at QB Josh Dobbs," a source told Rumor Central. "While Dobbs is currently committed to Arizona State, he had what some close to him call 'an incredible' official visit to Tennessee over the weekend. Tennessee head coach Butch Jones and Arizona State head coach Todd Graham were expected for in-home visits Tuesday. If Clemson is able to get Dobbs on campus, then it likely means he has an offer from the Tigers.
"Stanford is also rumored to me making a push for Dobbs to play football and baseball, but the football team decided to pass on an offer. As it stands, the Volunteers might be the team to beat, but things are definitely heating up for the ESPN 300 QB."
Dobbs is ranked as the nation's No. 4 dual-threat quarterback and would be a perfect fit in Butch Jones' spread system.