"He is a great player. He is a great athlete with a great attitude," said Powell High School defensive tackle Tony Foster. "I love playing with him. My four years with him were great because he comes with it every day.
"He played both ways for us, too. At linebacker, he was very physical. He was outstanding and helped me out at tackle. He likes contact. He hit very well and was all over the field."
But the 6-0, 205-pound Mobley excelled at running back where he averaged about 10 yards per carry while gaining over 5,000 yards in his four-year prep career.
"He's a great runner. He can be elusive, or he can run over you," Foster said. "He likes it all. He likes hitting and he likes making people miss and getting outside. He is going to get it however he can and he's going to work for it. He gives you 100 percent every day
"I love being around him. He likes to jump and joke around in the locker room. He is very active in the school. He is just a great guy."
Foster wished Mobley could have played with him in last weekend's National Guard Border Bowl in Williamsburg, Ky., that Tennessee won 24-20.
"He had some other commitments and couldn't play in this game. He played in the (Tennessee) East-West game with us, but he said he got tired and wanted to rest up for college," Foster said.
Foster admits it did "surprise" him when Mobley, who also has offers from Mississippi State and Toledo, chose Kentucky early.
"But he had the right decision and followed his heart on where to go and nobody can be upset about it. It was a great decision for him," Foster said.
The biggest surprise to Foster was that more schools did not offer Mobley a scholarhip.
"It was surprising but it all comes down to what college coaches see. I guess some obviously saw something they didn't like and obviously Kentucky saw a lot that they liked. It's all good and he will good for Kentucky," Foster said. "I would come down there every Saturday to watch him play if I could. If I was not going somewhere else (Carson-Newman) to play, I would be down there every Saturday to see him play. Kentucky fans are going to love him and give him a lot of love for working so hard."
Foster said he couldn't speculate on whether Mobley could play as a true freshman or not at Kentucky.
"He is going to give it everything he has. If he is ready to go out there, he will go for it," Foster said. "If it takes him a year or two, he will be fine. He will wait for his time to shine and when he gets it, he will shine hard. He's not a troublemaker and he won't pout over not playing immediately. He'll just work. He likes to find person lifting the most weight and go work out with him and try to max his workout. He is always like that."
Foster admitted that his team did enjoy Kentucky's win over Tennessee to end the season that snapped UK's 24-year losing streak to the Volunteers.
"He was happy. He knew it was eventualy going to happen, so he was smiling and bragging about it. He was happy. That's his school, so of course he would show them a lot of love, and he let us know it," Foster said.