It's All Academic for Mobley

Willie Mobley is taking summer classes to help prepare himself for September's ACT test. While he says he can feel himself getting more and more prepared for the exam, things are a bit different on the recruiting front.

He is still working hard to get the grades he needs in the classroom, but deciding what schools Willie Mobley likes is proving to be a difficult task.

A four-star defensive tackle prospect from Eden Prairie, Minn., Mobley is taking summer classes to help prepare himself for September's ACT test. While he says he can feel himself getting more and more prepared for the exam, things are a bit different on the recruiting front.

With 22 scholarship offers, Mobley said his plan at the beginning of the summer was to have a list of 10 schools finalized by the time summer was over. With time running out, Mobley said that goal is looking less and less attainable.

"Yeah, that's the plan but it's not really going so well," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "It's really hard. At this time you have a good relationship with all the coaches. It's not a good feeling to have different feelings against different schools, like, ‘Man, I don't think I'll go there.' You like them so much you just don't know what to do."

However, there is one school he remains sure about his feelings for: Ohio State. The 6-2, 263-pound Mobley plans on taking an unofficial visit to campus sometime at the end of this month to get a better feel for the university's academic support system.

After speaking with head coach Jim Tressel Friday morning, Mobley gave the Buckeyes high marks.

"If it had to be done today and I had to pick between two schools Ohio State would be one of those schools," he said. "I can say that.

"(Tressel is) really similar to my high school coach. I respect him. I can joke around with him, but there's a point that there's enough respect between me and him. It's a good relationship."

After falling behind academically early in his high school career, Mobley worked alongside his head coach, Mike Grant, to get himself to a point where he would be eligible to play Division-I football. On the field, there are no doubts about his talent. Mobley recorded 74 tackles, 12 sacks and two forced fumbles while helping his team to a 14-0 record.

"He's a very good athlete," Grant said. "He's got great quickness and great leverage. He can play really all four spots on the defensive line. We used him primarily on the inside of the line last year and he gave us great pass rush up the middle but was also a great run stopper. Just the typical Division I outstanding athlete."

Mobley is also one of just a handful of defensive linemen being targeted by the Buckeyes this season – a fact not lost on him.

"They're not going to take a lot, but they said they want to take four but it doesn't look like that's going to happen this year so they're trying to get the best players," he said. "They're recruiting me pretty hard and Garrett Goebel."

Mobley said Goebel, who has the Buckeyes high on his list, keeps trying to get Mobley to commit to OSU before he does.

"He's like, ‘You commit first,' " Mobley said.

Whenever he does make a final decision, look for the Buckeyes to factor into it somehow.

"(Tressel) just told me to keep doing what I'm doing and he hopes I make the right decision," he said. "He knows that I really like Ohio State and I have a good chance to be a part of this recruiting class."

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