Back From Visit No. 2

Thought to be a lock to issue a verbal commitment while on his official visit during the first weekend of November, Minnesota defensive tackle Willie Mobley has instead opted to wait. This weekend, he took another official visit. Find out how it went, what he has planned for the future and when a decision could be coming.

Willie Mobley knows that he has this week to prepare for his final high school game when his team plays Friday night for a Minnesota state championship.

Other than that, there is little that is certain in the life of the four-star defensive tackle prospect. On the heels of his second official visit, there is no shortage of speculation as to what the future holds for Mobley.

As it turns out, he is not totally certain what will develop in the coming weeks himself.

"I wish I knew, to tell you the truth," he told "When I have that gut feeling where I want to go, then I'll just announce it."

As the Buckeyes hosted Wisconsin on Nov. 3, Mobley was in attendance for his first official visit. He would see the Badgers again as he took an official visit during the Nov. 16 weekend to see the in-state Minnesota Golden Gophers drop a close decision to Wisconsin.

While there, the four-star prospect from Eden Prairie, Minn., spent time with Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster and got to see what the university has to offer him academically. He arrived on campus Saturday morning and departed the following day.

"It was my hometown, so it was pretty cool because I hang out with Coach Brewster's son when I'm out there," he said. "He's a nice kid. It was pretty cool."

A report in the Pioneer Press stated that Coach Brewster was seen hugging Mobley on the sidelines of the game. The 6-2, 263-pound prospect said he has a good relationship with the Minnesota head man.

"He's a really nice guy," Mobley said. "He's a good friend. He's just a nice guy. He's genuine and he's nice to everyone. It's not like, ‘Oh, I'm the head coach and I don't know you so I'm not going to talk to you.' Going to dinner, he was talking to everyone he saw like he knew them forever."

Trying to compare the two visits is a challenging situation, Mobley said. When talking about OSU and Minnesota, he described each of them as feeling like home.

"This (visit) was way different," he said. "Ohio State was just a different experience. It blew me out of the water. Being at home was just like, ‘Oh, I'm at home.' There was nothing surprising.

"I just felt wanted when I was there (at OSU)."

That does not mean Mobley did not feel wanted while at Minnesota, however.

"I wouldn't say that," he said. "It was just different. Fans at Minnesota and Ohio are different, way different."

After his OSU visit, potential trips to Wisconsin and perhaps other schools were on the table for Mobley. Now, he said his focus is simply on getting ready for Friday night's state title game.

"I can't even talk about (the game) right now," he said. "I can't believe it. That's been our goal since day one, since two-a-days, and we're finally here. It's like, ‘Alright, let's take care of business.' It's not like we haven't been here before. We're not worried about their talent or anything. It's just another team for us."

Mobley has kept in touch with OSU running backs coach Dick Tressel via e-mail, saying the two exchange messages on a daily basis. The two also spoke following the Buckeyes' 14-3 victory over archrival Michigan.

Although he comes from Minnesota, Mobley said he has an appreciation for the rivalry between OSU and U-M.

"Trust me, I know," he said. "One of my best friends is an O-State fanatic and my mom and I, we just watched ‘The Rivalry' (on HBO). It's so funny. The old guy from Michigan was really funny."

The coming weeks figure to be a time of reflection for Mobley. Once his season is over, he will have time to sit down, analyze his options and come up with a decision. He has no timetable in mind, although he has mentioned his commitment will come sometime before signing day.

For now, he's just going through the process.

"It's actually kind of stressful, but not a lot of people get the opportunities that I have right now so I'm just living it up and I'm just so happy," he said. "I have to thank God for all the things he's done for me and the opportunities He's gave me. I don't want to mess it up."

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