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Dobbs deciding between baseball, football

2/16/2012

A quarterback to keep a close eye on over the coming weeks and months is Joshua Dobbs (Alpharetta, Ga.), a 6-foot-3 and 195-pound two-sport high school star in football and baseball. He has a scholarship offer in football from Princeton and a baseball offer from Duke.

“He’s the best quarterback that nobody knows about,” Alpharetta coach Jason Dukes said. “Joshua is extremely intelligent and an ‘A’ student. He’s a tremendous leader and has a cannon for an arm. At his size he runs sub-4.7 [40]. He can run around but really wants to be that guy that stays in the pocket.”

Last season was a good season for Dobbs, throwing for 3,113 yards and 31 touchdown passes in 11 games last year. He also rushed for five touchdowns. Playing both third base and shortstop he hit .400 for his high school baseball team.

“I have a passion for both sports,” Dobbs said. “I love them both and it just depends on what time of the year of the one I like the best. I just really enjoy playing football and baseball. My goal is to play both sports in high school but I know college is different and you have to juggle academics. I will play whatever sport at the best school of my choice.”

Dukes believes that things will start to get real busy for Dobbs on the football recruiting front. North Carolina called last week and invited him to its next junior day, which he will attend. Then you have teams like Stanford, Vanderbilt, Duke, Miami, Clemson and South Carolina all showing interest that’s gaining steam.

“I think it will be one of those things where once that first school offers, a bunch will,” Dukes said. “His film is phenomenal.”

Dobbs is looking forward to visiting some schools in the very near future, but that schedule will be predicated on his upcoming baseball schedule.

“I am going to UNC’s junior day,” Dobbs said. “And I want to go to see Stanford and South Carolina. I want to see some other schools as well. But it will all depend on the baseball schedule.”

Dobbs was also a participant in the recent Rising Seniors all-star game. He threw for 237 yards, rushed for 56 yards and accounted for three touchdowns.

“That was a great experience, not just the game, but the whole week,” Dobbs said. “It was great and I wanted to appreciate the whole week. And the game was a great experience.”