Wildcats After Dual-Threat QB

Northwestern's Dennis Springer has been on the recruiting trail in the sunshine state. One of the Wildcats' Florida targets is North Florida Christian quarterback Matt Dobson.

Dobson (6-1, 180) has offers from Georgia Tech, FIU, Western Kentucky, and a few others. In addition, he's picked up interest from Northwestern, Louisville, Maryland, Tennessee, USF, and a few others.

NU began showing Dobson interest earlier this spring, with Dennis Springer taking the role as lead recruiter. The two talk frequently, with Springer helping the Florida native learn more about what Northwestern is like.

"(Springer) talked about the school, the offense, and what Northwestern is like," Dobson said. "He seemed like a really cool guy."

While the dual-threat quarterback hasn't seen NU first-hand, Coach Springer is helping bring Dobson up to speed. One of the things that really stands out for Dobson is Northwestern's high academic prestige.

"(Springer) talked a lot about the great academics at Northwestern," Dobson said. "The degree at Northwestern is huge.

"The graduation rate, they work hard to get everyone graduated. That's all key."

Another major plus that Northwestern offers Dobson is a spread offense—something that is very similar to what North Florida Christian runs.

Springer has made it clear that Northwestern is highly interested in Dobson, but the NU coaches would like to see more of him in-person. While Dobson has never seen Northwestern—or even traveled to Chicago—he's still uncertain on whether to make the visit up north.

"I'm not sure if I'll make it to Northwestern's camp or not," Dobson said. "I'm going to a few camps, but I haven't decided on that one or not."

With a few options on the table, Dobson has yet to name a favorite. After making some summer visits, he plans to narrow down his choices.

"Hopefully after I go to some camps this summer, I'll be able to narrow it down and make a decision," Dobson said.

But overall, Northwestern is making a positive impression on the talented dual-threat quarterback.

"I think it's a great school and the style of offense helps it out a lot," he said. "I haven't been up there. I've never even been up around that area. It sounds like a great place."

As a junior, Dobson completed 58 percent of his passes while throwing for 17 touchdowns. He also was a threat on the ground—rushing for five touchdowns and more than six yards per carry.

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