DL eyeing Cats, Pac-10

Under Mike Stoops the Arizona Wildcats have had much better luck in recruiting good, solid defensive linemen than the previous staff. It has been a very pleasant change for a program that once had so much trouble recruiting dependable prospects for the defensive line, hitting the ultimate lull under former head coach John Mackovic.

The Wildcat coaches are well on their way to finding more dependable defensive linemen for the 2008 class and one such prospect is Eden Prairie, Minnesota standout Willie Mobley.

Mobley is a versatile athlete on the line as he has experience at end, the three technique tackle spot as well as the nose guard spot.

"I have mostly played defensive end," admitted Mobley. "But last year I started to play on the inside and especially at nose guard and I like it a lot. I think I can play inside or outside at the next level. I am still growing and I have no idea what my body is going to do. I could end up being a 6'4 300 pound nose guard and I can end up being a 6'2 270 pound defensive end, I just don't know yet."

Early in the recruiting process Willie says that he has garnered an impressive list of early offers. That list includes the hometown Minnesota Golden Gophers as well as the Arizona Wildcats. It was the Arizona offer that struck Willie as surprising and it also made him happy since he has always been a fan of the Pac-10 Conference.

"Oh yeah, I was happy when Arizona offered me," he said. "They offered me over a month ago I think and I was very happy about it. I have always liked the Pac-10. I always kind of liked USC but now I just like the Pac-10 a lot. I like how they play the game in the conference. I am very excited about the Arizona offer because I really like the thought of playing in the Pac-10 that would be awesome."

Mobley is being recruited by both of the defensive line coaches for Arizona in Defensive Ends and Special Teams Coordinator Joe Robinson and Defensive Tackles coach Mike Tuiasosopo. According to Mobley, he is really liking both of his recruiters from the desert.

"I like both Coach Robinson and Coach Tui a lot," he said. "They are both funny guys and they text me a lot. I get constant weather updates from both of them and it is funny. It is cold here and it is a blizzard outside and they text me and say it is like 80 degrees or something in Arizona."

In addition to the Arizona and Minnesota offers Mobley says that he has been offered by Ohio State, Kansas State, Hawaii, Iowa, Iowa State and Wisconsin and is getting heavier interest from Arizona's fellow Pac-10 foe, Cal.

"I really like all of the schools that have offered me," he admitted. "I like the thought of playing at Minnesota because it is home. I like Ohio State because it is after all Ohio State and I just like them all. I am trying not to think about recruiting a whole lot right now because I am trying to study as hard as I can for the ACT test right now. I do like all of them and nobody really sticks out yet. Arizona offering is a great thing for me though, playing in the Pac-10 would be great."

Mobley went on to say that he would like to major in Sports Medicine and Minor in Sports Psychology. He is scheduled to take the ACT on April, 23 and said that he will take it again on the next available date. Willie did admit that he has no idea what his GPA is as he said he did not take his academics seriously until he realized he had a chance to play Division-1 football.

"I don't know what my GPA is because I didn't really care about my grades until late in my sophomore year," Mobley candidly said. "Once I thought I had a chance to play football in Division-1 then I started to get serious. Now I am retaking some classes from before and I am working hard on trying to get my GPA up and also trying to get a great ACT score. I am serious about this and I am going to get it done."

Mobley added that he will try and take an unofficial visit to Tucson during the spring but also said that he, "will definitely be at the one day camp this summer."

WildcatInsider.com will keep in close contact with Mobley throughout his recruitment.

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