A Visitor For Mobley

Two schools recruiting him were battling in his home state on Saturday, but Willie Mobley was elsewhere. As it turns out, he had a pretty good reason. Find out where he was Saturday night and who was in the crowd for his Friday night game here on BuckeyeSports.com.

Willie Mobley did not get much of a chance to make an impression.

As his team was en route to a SCORE victory on Friday night, the four-star defensive end prospect was pulled from the game after just one quarter. At that point, his team lead, 35-0.

In the one quarter, he recorded one tackle and four pancake blocks while doubling as an offensive lineman. But perhaps as noteworthy as his individual performance was the visit paid to him by OSU defensive coordinator Jim Heacock.

"I had to wave to him," Mobley told BuckeyeSports.com. "He talked to some parents, but I have no idea. He talked to people around and they told me he was talking to them."

Heacock was in attendance one night before his own team's road game against Minnesota.

Mobley, A 6-2, 263-pound prospect, had 74 tackles, 12 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a junior, earning first-team all-state honors in the process. He had plans to go to the OSU/Minnesota game, but one big high school obligation got in the way.


"(It went) good, really good," he said. "I was trying to go to the game, but people were like, ‘No, you can not be leaving this part' and this and that. It was really fun."

Still, Mobley recorded the game between two schools both recruiting him and watched it when he got home from the dance. He said it was "a great game."

"Ohio State played great," he said. "It was good to see the Gophers kind of competing in the beginning, but at the end there wasn't really any competition. It was a great game."

Mobley said he has no official visits planned yet, although he knows he will take one to Columbus because he has never been to the town before. In addition, he has no list of top schools and laughed when asked about a recent report that he was down to OSU and UCLA as his top two schools.

"They have no idea," he said of that rumor. "Even the state newspaper saying that my top three are Iowa, UCLA and Minnesota. That's what they said. It's kind of ridiculous. I was just laughing. My coach was laughing. He was like, ‘Oh man, you need to hurry up and figure out where you want to go.' "

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