The top QB on the board?

For a while the emphasis under center in Durham is to bring in players who are smart, extremely athletic, and versatile. Perhaps that's why Georgia prospect Josh Dobbs could be considered Duke's top signal calling prospect in the class of 2013. Dobbs visited Duke this week and spoke with TDD about the trip and where he sees the recruiting process heading.

Ranked as the nation's No. 36 quarterback and a three star prospect, Joshua Dobbs has options. Lots of them. In fact more than a dozen schools including Duke, Arizona State, Boston College, Maryland, Mississippi State, Syracuse, TCU, Wake Forest, Central Florida, and South Florida have jumped in with offers early in the process. With so much early interest, Dobbs is working hard to narrow his list and move forward.

"My parents and I are taking visits and trying to narrow down my list so that I can get a decision done this summer. That way I can go into my senior season without worrying about recruiting, and just enjoy my last year [of high school]."

The most recent unofficial visit came when Dobbs and company made the journey to Durham to visit the Blue Devils and head coach David Cutcliffe.

"The visit to Duke just happened and is fresh in my mind. I had visited before for baseball, so it was good to get up there and see the football program and meet the coaches. I had a chance to have a couple of long conversations with Coach Cutcliffe and Coach Roper. They had continued to review my film and said how much they really want me to be a Blue Devil."

But meeting with the coaching staff wasn't the only item on the agenda for Dobbs.

"I got a campus tour and got a chance to meet several important people around Duke. I got a chance to see the dorms, the classes, the cafeterias, and what every day life is like there. After the tour I had a chance to meet with Dr. Kevin White, their athletic director and then with Donald Bliss, the head of their engineering program."

"The meeting with Dr. White was really good. He was telling me about Duke in general and then about the athletic program. A Duke degree is, of course, recognized around the world and earning one could set you up for life. Plus, he said, I'd have a chance to play for a great coach like Coach Cut, who has a big history of producing great quarterbacks."

So, in the end, what was the general takeaway from this most recent recruiting trip for Dobbs?

"Honestly, Duke was already really high on my list, and this just reinforced things. I know there are opportunities there for me both on and off the field."

Despite the positive reviews, there was no commitment given by Dobbs, which means the Duke coating staff will continue compete against several other programs looking to add the three star prospect to the recruiting haul of 2013. And, it's not just football programs in this race.

"I actually play both football and baseball and am fortunate enough to have scholarship offers in both sports. I've talked about playing both, but it'd be really tough to commit to doing all the stuff you need to do in order to be successful in each sport while also doing what's important in school and keeping your grades where they need to be."

Which means Dobbs will need to pick a sport before picking a school. So what'll it be? The diamond or the gridiron? And what goes into that decision?

"Honestly it's just about which sport I want to continue to play. I know I can be successful at either sport at a high level once I'm fully committed to it. When it comes to making decisions, before I even look at the opportunities beyond college, I'm going to consider which school and program offers me the best chance for success. Education is the first consideration. After that I'm going to figure out which sport appeals the most. I'm open to playing both, and I've discussed that with various coaches, but at the end of the day I think I'll have to choose one."


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