JK Dobbins, the all-purpose back from La Grange, TX has committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Although this announcement was a surprise to many, Dobbins confirmed the commitment on his Twitter page.
Most people thought that this 5'10 200 pound high school player was going to commit to the Texas Longhorns or either the Oklahoma Sooners. So, when it comes to committing to the Ohio Buckeyes, no one saw this coming. However, Dobbins had already said that he was making an early decision. Also, the head coach Urban Meyer did not offer JK Dobbins until a couple of weeks ago. This is even stranger to say he hasn't made recent trips to Columbus. His last known trip to Columbus was back in May.
JK Dobbins only lives about 60 miles away from Austin, which is the home of the Texas Longhorns. Thus, many people think that the Longhorns could still steal him away from the Buckeyes, considering that it is still early in the process. The Longhorns want him for a prime running back position. When the 2017 National Signing Day comes along, the Longhorns might have a shot. After all, they are only 60 miles away. It could happen. Think about how things turned out with Jordan Elliott in 2016.
Coach Anthony Johnson may have plans to recruit JK Dobbins during the spring. If this plan does not pan out, the coach will probably go to La Grange when he is evaluating new running backs, and JK Dobbins will be on his list.
Exactly which positions is the coach trying to fill right now? JK Dobbins is ranked the 7th highest high school player in Texas, per Composite. He has received more than 20 offers from various college teams. Within the last three years, he has rushed for 6,000 rushing and receiving yards. In addition, he made more than 37 touchdowns.
JK Dobbins is the only all-purpose back in his 2017 class that has received a formal offer. Toneil Carter from Houston is the only running back that has gotten an offer from the Longhorns.
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