Dobbs discusses ASU pledge

Ever since a very enjoyable visit to Tempe last month, the thought of committing to Arizona State is one that has often crosses the mind of Josh Dobbs. On Wednesday morning the 2013 Alpharetta, Ga. quarterback decided to end his recruitment with a pledge to the maroon and gold.

"I really enjoyed my visit to Arizona State," Dobbs told Devils Digest Wednesday afternoon. "I really enjoyed meeting the coaching staff, getting the feel around campus, and learning about their academics. The fact that they had my major, aeronautical engineering, was huge because that degree in the undergraduate level is rare around the country. A chance to be in that type of academic environment with the Honors College they have was another reason.

"Getting to know Coach Graham and Coach Norvell, and seeing the wonderful facility renovations they are doing…I'm just very excited to be part of this up and coming Sun Devil program."

The Alpharetta signal caller unofficially visited Yale, Harvard, and Boston College, prior to his ASU visit and also ventured in recent weeks to Duke and Mississippi State.

"I was blessed with the opportunity to see other schools and what they have to offer," Dobbs commented. "After I took all those visits I had a chance to regroup and reach this decision. Obviously I was comparing everything to the Arizona State visit, but I also wanted to take these visits, step back and looking at everything as a whole in terms of academic, athletics and see what was the best place for me.."

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. Dobbs is a three-star quarterback and is ranked by 36th among all 2013 quarterbacks.

"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 said that he liked the Sun Devils' high paced offense and feels that his skills can truly fit this scheme.

"It's very similar to what we run in high school," Dobbs stated. "So that's a great correlation. The (ASU) coaches like my ability to read defenses and think I should be able to pick up the offense quickly. They also like how I put the offense in the best situation to make plays. When I called Coach Graham and Coach Norvell they were very excited for the opportunity to coach me as a Sun Devil.

"When I was on campus I got to meet the other three great quarterbacks they have and it was good to talk to them about Arizona State as a school and also as a football program."

Dobbs, who also plays baseball for Alpharetta High School that that he did choose ASU solely for football reasons and is likely to only concentrate on football once he arrives in Tempe next summer.

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.

"I wanted to commit now because I felt comfortable with my decision," Dobbs said. "I was comfortable knowing that Arizona State was the place that I wanted to be. After the visit there I knew that this is where I wanted to be."

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