Dobbs to visit ASU this week

Alpharetta, GA signal caller Joshua Dobbs has compiled an impressive list of offers, but with his desire to commit in the next couple of months it would be impossible for him to visit each suitor. A strong early impression by the Sun Devils in the recruiting process has enticed Dobbs to schedule a trip to Tempe this weekend as he tries to learn more about the program.

"I've been talking to Coach Norvell, and Coach Porter has been to be my high school," Dobbs said. "I know it's a growing program that is going to start a young quarterback this year. They're going to have a big renovation to their stadium so that's exciting. I heard it's a great campus and they have a great aeronautical engineering program and that is the major I want to pursue."

As a junior the 6-3 190-pound Joshua Dobbs completed 59.7 percent of his passes for 3,113 yards 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions for the 9-2 Raiders. Dobbs also rushed for two touchdowns.

"As a quarterback, he has a lot of things that you like," said's Southeast recruiting analyst Chad Simmons. "He is a leader in the huddle, he has great pocket awareness, he sees the field very well, and he throws an accurate ball. He is still very thin and he still splits time between football and baseball, so he has room to get bigger physically and better technically."

Dobbs stated that the fact that ASU does have a perennial Top 25 baseball program is appealing to him, although he said that he isn't locked into playing both sports at the collegiate level. Regardless of his ultimate destination, he could see himself just concentrating on the gridiron, which at least with the Sun Devils does provide some sense of familiarity.

"Coach Norvell said that my skills can really benefit the program," Dobs commented. "The offense they run at Arizona State is pretty much like my high school offense. It's very explosive and I feel like I would be a great fit in it. When I come out for my visit this week I'll get to see some game film and get to talk some X's and O's with Coach Norvell.

"Coaches from all schools recruiting me said that I'm a Pro style quarterback that can make all the throws I need to make. I'm an accurate passer and I watch a lot of game film so I'm always working on my game and learning to recognize defenses. Coaches also like my timing, my pace, and my footwork."

Dobbs has been offered by over a dozen schools such as Arkansas, Boston College, Duke, Harvard, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi State, Syracuse and TUC among others. The Alpharetta quarterback unofficially visited Duke, Wake Forest, and Boston College.

"I've been planning this visit to Arizona State for a while so I'm looking forward to visiting there for the first time," Dobbs commented. "It's been a hectic spring with football and baseball so I haven't been able to take a lot of visits. I know I'm going to visit other schools after I visit Arizona State, but my family and I haven't finalized our plans yet.

"I don't have any schools that are standing out above the others because I haven't visited all of them yet."

One thing Dobbs is certain of and that is the timing of his decision, as well as the aspects that he will consider as part of that resolution.

"I'm going to decide before my senior season starts," Dobbs said. "I want to get ready for the season and try and win state this year. I'm looking for a school that will give me a chance to compete at my position from day one. I want to go to a school where I have a strong connection with the quarterback coach because that is obviously the person I will be interacting the most with at the school. Like I said before I want to go to a school where I can pursue my major.

"I've been enjoying the recruiting process and making connections with so many different people. I know this will help me make the best decision possible for me. This decision isn't just for the next four years, it's for the next forty years."

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