ACCOLADES: Dobbins is a consensus four-star athlete who was named 4A all-state in 2015 by both the Texas Sports Writers Association and The Associated Press. He only played one snap as a senior because he broke a bone in his right leg. Prior to that, he compiled 5,149 rushing yards and 74 touchdowns during his first three seasons as La Grange’s tailback. He helped La Grange to two state playoff appearances.
DOBBINS SAYS: “When I was younger I always watched Ohio State because it’s a great school with great tradition, winning tradition. And I felt like, ‘Man, it would be crazy to play here.’ So whenever I got the opportunity I just couldn’t pass it up.”
EXPERT’S TAKE: “Perfect fit for the spread offense. He is a bit of a different breed from a speed and agility perspective. He’s one of those guys who seem almost impossible to bring down as he ducks and dodges tackles and at times makes defenders look silly as they end up just grasping at nothing but air where Dobbins used to be standing. He is versatile in the fact that you can line him up in the backfield or split him out wide as a receiver.” – Greg Powers
PERSONAL: Dobbins’ late father, Lawrence Dobbins, played for La Grange as well and was on the 1997 state semifinalist team. The younger Dobbins’ mother is Mya Grounds. J.K. committed to the Buckeyes before seeing the campus and opted to enroll early.
2017 OUTLOOK: Dobbins could possibly be in the running-back rotation with Demario McCall and Mike Weber, whether it be subbing in for Weber as a running back or giving McCall a breather as the team’s H-back. The La Grange, Texas, native will most likely be jockeying with tailback Antonio Williams for playing time.
COMMIT DATE: March 6, 2016
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