Shreveport (La.) Huntington athlete Jarrett Fobbs has always been up front about where he stands in regards to the recruiting process since he committed to Texas A&M on July 9.
"I'm on the fence," Fobbs said. "I've always been open to other schools. A&M is a good place but right now I feel like I could go either way."
Going either way could mean one of three ways as Fobbs is committed to the Aggies but will be in Baton Rouge this weekend for his official visit to LSU and has an official scheduled for Ole Miss the last weekend of the month.
Fobbs, a 6-foot, 185-pounder with 4.5 speed, helped his Raider squad in more than one way on the offensive side of the ball. His senior season he finished with 55 receptions for 649 yards and five touchdowns to go with 705 yards and 12 scores on the ground on 84 carries.
That versatility and type of production gets college coaches excited about the multiple ways they can use Fobbs at the next level and one current NFL player that he commonly gets compared to is Percy Harvin of the Minnesota Vikings.
Harvin played at Florida and was coached by current LSU wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales. Though Gonzales has been on the job for just a little more than a month, he has made a good impression on Fobbs when it comes to X’s and O’s.
“I’ve talked to Coach Gonzales several times since he’s been at LSU and we always talk about what he did with Percy and how he can do the same things with me,” said Fobbs. “That’s the role I think I could really flourish in and you have to like that he was the guy that helped turn Percy into the player he is and was at Florida.”
Gonzales is expected to make another in-home visit with Fobbs and his family this week but as of Monday afternoon the only scheduled in-home for Fobbs was A&M head coach Mike Sherman on Tuesday night. LSU head coach Les Miles will use his one and only in-home visit for a later date.
Fobbs will spend plenty of time with Miles this weekend when he and his mother and father make the drive down from Shreveport to Baton Rouge. Going into an official visit a prospective recruit will usually have several things he is interested in seeing, but one thing is what Fobbs is focused on.
"Just if I feel comfortable," he said. "That's the main thing. I want to see if I feel comfortable with the players and with the recruits that will be there."
The coaches will also play a role in what plays out this weekend but Fobbs isn’t as concerned on that front.
"I know they're good coaches so they don't have to prove that to me,” said Fobbs. “I already feel comfortable with the coaches and I don't feel like they've been leading me on or anything. I guess the big thing is I'll get to spend more time with Billy (Gonzales)."
Is there anything in particular that the standout receiver needs to see on this official visit or the trip to Ole Miss that will cause a change of heart on where he will play his college ball?
"Nothing in particular," said Fobbs, who made an unofficial visit to A&M but isn’t scheduled to make an official. “It boils down to where I feel comfortable at. I doubt I would change my mind on the spot because me and my family are so close and we would want to talk about things. We'll probably go home and weigh the pros and cons then sort everything out and go from there."
And as far as his parents go, Fobbs says they want strictly what’s best for him.
"My mom and dad are just letting it play out," he said. "My mom just tells me if I know I'm not going to a school I need to let them know so they can recruit somebody else. They'll support me anywhere I go and I know they just want the best for me."