Dobbs talks ASU visit

As intrigued as Joshua Dobbs has been about Arizona State since they started recruiting him, there was only so much he could learn about the school from phone calls and online research. Over the weekend the Alpharetta, Ga. quarterback visited Tempe and was naturally able to gain a whole new perspective about the Sun Devils.

"My parents and I visited the school Thursday and Friday," said Dobbs. "The visit went really well. Academically, I got to learn about the school's aeronautical engineering program and their Honors College. I got to meet a couple of professors and also the University President Dr. Michael Crow. Athletically, I got to meet the entire coaching staff and talked a lot with Coach Norvell and Head Coach Todd Graham. My parents and I really enjoyed meeting the new coaching staff.

"Arizona State is one of only few schools in the country that allows you to pursue an undergraduate degree in aeronautical engineering. Their Honors College provides a very academically challenging environment. The aeronautical engineering professors said that the students get to do some very unique stuff in the program. They said that no (space) vehicle leaves the earth before be touched in some way by Arizona State hands. That was very surprising to me.

"It was good for me and my parents to learn all this stuff about Arizona State's academic programs."

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."

During his visit Dobbs spent time with Sun Devil Offensive Coordinator Mike Norvell and watched game film that allowed Dobbs to be able and thoroughly understand the team's scheme.

"I like how the offense attacks the defense," Dobbs remarked. "It was good to see how similar it is to the offense I'm running in high school right now. They have a very pro style spread offense. The coaches said that they like my intelligence and think I should be able to pick up the offense very quickly. They think I can do a good job pushing the ball vertically down the field and put the offense in the best situation to make plays."

The Georgia signal caller also got a chance during his visit to talk to all three current ASU quarterbacks as he gained a player's insight into the program.

"They all said that they are still learning the offense because it's new to all of them," Dobbs said, "but they said they liked the new scheme and they like what the new coaching staff is bringing to the table."

The Alpharetta standout admitted that the knowledge he obtained on this visit has the Sun Devils ranking higher than they previously did among the list of his suitors.

"I haven't made any plans for my official visits," Dobbs commented, "but I should be officially visiting Arizona State in the future."

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, but doesn't know which other schools he will unofficially visit in the upcoming weeks.

"My parents and I are going to finalize a (short) list of schools later on," Dobbs said. "I don't have a target date for a decision but I know I want to announce my decision before my senior year starts."

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