UNC Pursuing Ga. Jumbo Athlete

ATLANTA --- North Carolina has expressed a lot of interest in Sam Dobbs, a 6-foot-5, 205-pounder who could eventually grow into a tight end within UNC's offense.

"They're definitely one of my top schools," Dobbs said. "I don't have an offer yet, but I'm definitely looking into them real hard."

Dobbs, a Fairburn (Ga.) Landmark Christian product, has had conversations with both UNC assistant Chris Kapilovic and Walt Bell, who recently departed for Arkansas State.

"They said just to come to their camps and make sure I keep contacting them," Dobbs said. "They want me to keep telling them about my grades and stuff. I do have great grades, but I just have to continue to show them what I have to offer."

Dobbs, whose father played football for Auburn, fits the mold of the tight end prospect that UNC has recruited under Larry Fedora – a high school wide receiver who will likely grow into a tight end but still possess the athleticism to create mismatch problems for a defense.

Dobbs has yet to land his first scholarship offer, but he's receiving heavy interest from Auburn, Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, in addition to UNC.

Although Dobbs has developed a relationship with Bell, he said his departure won't affect Dobb's feelings towards UNC.

"I do like [Bell] a lot, so I'll definitely look into whatever school he goes to," Dobbs said. "But that doesn't affect my decision with North Carolina. North Carolina to me is a great school. It's definitely one of my top choices. If I get offered, that's definitely going to be a consideration I make."

Last year, Dobbs made a brief visit to UNC.

"I just kind of walked around their campus a little bit, because I was staying at my uncle's house up there," Dobbs said. "I was just visiting on my way back from his house."

Dobbs plans to return to UNC either for a junior day, camp, or both.

During the last game of his junior season, Dobbs suffered a hairline fracture in his lower back.

"I was jumping up to catch a ball and a guy speared me in the back," Dobbs said. "A series of hits after that just kind of kept pounding at that vertebrae and eventually I got a hairline fracture."

The injury forced Dobbs to sit out Georgia's Rising Seniors Bowl last week.

"It's not anything major – it's just a minor injury," Dobbs said. "I only have about a month left of healing time. It will completely heal by the end of that time period. I'm just waiting on that and doing some light stretching and just whatever that doctor tells me [to do] to be ready to get back."

Despite the injury, Dobbs soaked in a lot while in Atlanta for the Rising Seniors Bowl activities.

"I've been learning a bunch of things just listening on the sidelines," Dobbs said. "Even though I'm not playing, it's great to be able to experience the camaraderie with these guys and learning a bunch from these coaches. I try to know what exactly they're doing whenever they call out a play."

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