Dobbs is 'best HS QB' coach has seen

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Joshua Dobbs burst onto the scene at the InsideTennessee Combine back in April 2011 after a sophomore season at Wesleyan School in Alpharetta, Ga.

His sleek throwing motion, quiet demeanor and respectful nature didn't provide him with the flash of numerous others that hold down the duties of field general. Yet, here he is, almost two years later at the center of attention with BCS schools in varying time zones salivating over his impending final decision on National Signing Day.

The FOX Sports NEXT four-star quarterback has always had an affinity for Pac-12 and has been committed to Arizona State since before his senior season back on June 13.

Schools like Mississippi State and Tennessee grinded down the stretch before the Dead Period in hopes that the Alpharetta (Ga.) High School standout would change his mind. That's typical for a talent so special.

"I'm just going to put it this way: he's the best high school quarterback that I've ever seen with my own eyes," Alpharetta coach Jason Dukes told InsideTennessee. "He's got an incredibly strong arm. He can make every throw on the field. He throws on the run better than any quarterback I've ever seen. When he gets pressure, he keeps his eyes downfield. When he's flushed, he can absolutely push a team with his legs. He turns a scramble into a 45- or 55-yard play. He's just that type of player."

Playing in Georgia's largest classification, Class AAAAAA, he tossed 29 touchdowns with 11 interceptions last fall and ran for 12 more scores. As a junior, he threw for 3,113 yards with 29 TDs and 15 picks. He was also offensive MVP for the East team in the 2011 Georgia-based Rising Seniors Bowl.

When the bullets are firing, Dukes says his right-hander always stayed calm, cool and collected.

With Alpharetta missing four-star defensive end Naim Mustafaa (injury) and three-star wide receiver Carlos Burse (suspension), Dobbs tried to lead his team to an opening-round GHSA playoff victory against Mill Creek. In bitterly cold temperatures, Dobbs was 23-of-40 passing for 271 yards and four touchdowns but it wasn't enough as a field goal in the final 10 seconds ended their 2012 season.

"He's incredible; he's unflappable. I mean his demeanor is incredible," Dukes said.

Dobbs is accustomed to being in a shotgun formation with 3-5 receivers on the field, which means he not only is used to spreading the ball around to teammates in space and finding pockets in opposing defenses, but he has a base of knowledge for the type offense that coordinator Mike Bajakian is installing in Knoxville.

"We're a Spread team. We've run the Spread as a program for five years. So, he's well-versed in that," said Dukes, adding that throwing on the run is "no issue at all."

Tennessee entered the picture late in the recruiting process with Butch Jones not taking over the program until December. That relationship was strong enough to get Dobbs and his parents to officially visit the weekend of Jan. 25.

With offers from schools like Duke, Harvard and Princeton, it's obvious that Dobbs has it going on from the neck up as well. He's a member of the National Honor Society, National Beta Club and is a "yes sir, no sir" type.

"Academically, he's almost perfect," Dukes said. "He's made one B in his academic career. Everything else has been A's. He has primarily taken all AP classes for the last two years."

In a day and age when athletes can sometimes be allowed to run amuck given their value to a town or program, Dobbs has completely bucked the trend.

"He has never missed a day of school, never," Dukes said. "It's practically unheard of." will be at Dobbs' declaration ceremony in Dacula, Ga., on Wednesday afternoon.

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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