Ohio State 2017 RB Target J.K. Dobbins Says He Is Firmly Committed To Buckeyes

J.K. Dobbins committed to Ohio State in March, which ultimately led to the decommitment and flip of Todd Sibley to Pittsburgh. Now, the Buckeyes are after another 2017 running back. If they receive Cam Akers' commitment, will Dobbins stay?

Current Ohio State running back commit J.K. Dobbins committed to the Buckeyes in March and has remained a solid commit ever since. 

Despite rumors that the Texas native could be swayed to look elsewhere should the Buckeyes add another running back in his class, Dobbins told Scout.com that he is still firmly committed to playing football at Ohio State. He said the main thing he likes about the Buckeyes is the atmosphere the coaching staff and players have created in Columbus. 

“It is like a family. We don’t just talk about football. There are more things other than football in life,” Dobbins said. “We talk about everything. That is very important to me because I am going to live up there for four years so I want to be in a family atmosphere.” 

A big part of building that kind of atmosphere for Dobbins has been running backs coach Tony Alford, who was the first OSU coach to contact him according to Dobbins. 

“He said they liked my talent and they liked my film,” Dobbins said. “I love everything about (Coach Alford). He is a great guy and a great coach. Just a good person in general.”

The Buckeyes currently have three natives of Texas on their roster, including starting quarterback J.T. Barrett, H-back Dontre Wilson and offensive lineman Demetrius Knox, which add to the family like atmosphere for Dobbins. 

When it comes to getting on the field and playing, Dobbins said he likes how Urban Meyer's offense showcases the running back and all of the things that go along with playing the position. 

“It gives you an opportunity to display all of your skills,” Dobbins said. “Not just running and catching, but pass blocking and all of that stuff.”

Not only has Dobbins committed to playing at Ohio State, he is set on playing in 'The Game' against Michigan. When asked if he would be visiting Columbus this season and for what game, Dobbins simply said, "That Team Up North." 

“I know that is a big rivalry game (and) I have bought all the way into it,” Dobbins said. “I am going to be in that game one day so I have bought into it.” 


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