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NJ RB Kyle Dobbins Evolving into a UNC-NCSU Battle

A family event created an opportunity for Kyle Dobbins to return to UNC.

It's not uncommon for ACC archrivals North Carolina and NC State to battle over a recruit. Typically, though, those battles aren't over prospects located in New Jersey. But, that's exactly what's developing with Kyle Dobbins.

"North Carolina is high on my list," Dobbins said. "NC State is right there with [UNC]. Temple and Rutgers are slightly below.

"My mom is from down there [in NC], so that feels like home. I just like the weather. I like the campus; the campus is nice, both of them are. The facilities, coaches -- everything is nice."

Additionally, Dobbins, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back from Richland (N.J.) St. Augustine Prep, still has family in NC. That connection brought him back to the Tar Heel State over the weekend; his cousin was recently born in Charlotte, and he and his mother wanted to visit with the new baby.

"My mom was like, 'We might as well visit North Carolina and NC State,' because we're going down to NC," Dobbins said.

Hence, Dobbins spent five hours in Chapel Hill on Saturday.

The last time Dobbins visited UNC -- for the Heels' regular season finale against NC State -- Larry Porter was its running backs coach. Thus, Saturday provided him his first chance to meet new RB coach, DeAndre Smith, in person.

"[Smith] talked about how my tape was awesome and how the offense fits me," Dobbins said. "He said, he wants to see me live, because he hadn't seen me live, yet. He talked about the [running backs] coming in and me possibly committing. He said, "Make a great decision.'"

As far as seeing Dobbins preform live, Smith is hoping that Dobbins camps at UNC this summer. Dobbins said he'll most likely make a Tar Heel camp.

Similar to his initial visit to UNC, Dobbins's Saturday stay began with a campus tour.

"It feels like I'm at home sometimes," Dobbins said. "I just like everything about it."

Dobbins's visit concluded with UNC's spring game, which was held at Fetzer Field. The venue was changed from Kenan Stadium, which was getting work done on its field.

"It could have been a little more exciting, but I think overall it was good," Dobbins said of the spring game.

This coming weekend, Dobbins plans to visit Rutgers and possibly Temple. He's also considering a trip to Syracuse in the near future.

Dobbins, who is eyeing a summer commitment, isn't exactly sure of his summer camping plans. But, like UNC, Penn State has asked him to work out at one of its camps.

As a junior, Dobbins was the leading rusher for a 9-1 team. He rushed for 1,282 yards and 17 touchdowns with a 7.7-yards-per-carry average.

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