The Future For Willie Mobley

Is Willie Mobley really an Ohio State lean? Was he close to issuing a verbal commitment to the Buckeyes while on an official visit last weekend? What other official visits -- if any -- does he still have planned? We have the answers to these questions and more in our latest update.

The excitement of his trip to Columbus has not yet worn off, but that does not mean Willie Mobley is on the verge of issuing a verbal commitment to anyone.

The four-star defensive end prospect from Eden Prairie, Minn., took an official visit to Ohio State to see the Buckeyes host Wisconsin during the Nov. 3 weekend, and from there rumors quickly began to spread that Mobley was set to issue a verbal commitment before heading home Monday morning.

After Eden Prairie head coach Mike Grant said Mobley was not going to make a quick decision – even though he claimed not to know the 6-2-, 263-pounder was in Columbus – Mobley arrived home, spoke with his coach and has done just what his coach had speculated.

He has waited.

"Yeah, and he just told me, ‘Willie, don't rush into anything. It's just your first official visit,' " Mobley told when asked if he had discussed the situation with Grant upon arriving back home. "He's had I don't know how many Division I players in his career, so he told me to take my time. He said it's my first official, so take another trip. I'm going to Minnesota next week, actually, for my first official visit (there)."

When asked if he would have quickly issued a verbal to the Buckeyes had his coach not advised him to take a few other visits, Mobley said, "I really don't know, to tell you the truth. I was just so in awe of the trip, so I really don't know."

That last statement goes a long way toward describing how Mobley felt about the visit. While there, he got to spend time with other current and potential future members of the class of 2008 such as Michael Brewster, DeVier Posey and Terrelle Pryor.

Later, Mobley described OSU by saying "it felt like home."

But from the moment he got off the plane Saturday morning, Mobley said he knew the expectations were on the table for him to commit before he left.

"Even during the game, people were listing my name and it was ridiculous," he said. "I was like, ‘What the heck is going on?' People were saying, ‘I'm glad you're going to be a Buckeye' and I was like, ‘What's going on here? I just got off the plane. It was kind of fun.' "

When he got home, Mobley and his coach sat down to talk about the trip and his future. Mobley characterized their relationship as close, saying the fact that he was in Columbus likely just slipped his coach's mind.

When the two do talk about recruiting, Mobley said, it is usually during a few spare minutes during practice.

Going forward, the plan is for Mobley to take an official visit this weekend to Minnesota and potentially take another one to Wisconsin on an as-yet undecided date.

"Every week is different for me, to tell you the truth," he said. "I don't know what's going to happen to tell you the truth, but Ohio State is always going to be there until the end."

Look for a final decision from Mobley to arrive sometime before National Signing Day.

While the Buckeyes remain high on his list and speculation continues that he is an OSU lean, those rumors do not bother Mobley.

"Oh no, not at all," he said. "They're telling the truth."

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