There was one name all Oklahoma fans circled last weekend in terms of a commitment. No matter what else happened, if OU could somehow get a pledge from La Grange (Texas) High ATH J.K. Dobbins, it was all worth it.
It didn’t happen. Although OU commits Levi Draper and Tyrese Robinson, both in the Scout 300, tried as hard as they possibly could, Dobbins left Norman still on the market.
That doesn’t mean it was a waste of time. Dobbins left Texas around 6 a.m. CST Saturday and arrived in Norman right around noon. While other recruits were calling it a day for their visit with the OU coaches after the Sooners-KU basketball game, Dobbins was still there until around 9 p.m. CST.
The mission was simple. Dobbins is locked in with running backs coach Jay Boulware as the two have developed a great relationship. But what Dobbins’ mother thinks is going to be vital in this process, and his mother had to get to know more about Boulware on the visit.
“My mom has a lot to do with the decision,” Dobbins said. “She loved it, she really did. She loves Coach Boulware.”
Dobbins, ranked No. 111 in the Scout 300, said it was good to spend time with Samaje Perine. OU’s star running back has been known as someone who doesn’t look for the spotlight. Dobbins can relate because he’s the same way.
The four-star athlete only created a Twitter account in the last month so he could get in touch with coaches more. He’s not one looking to be on social media, but he knew it was necessary in terms of his recruitment.
It was a big recruiting weekend for OU where the Sooners made four offers, but the backdrop was the top-10 showdown between the Sooners and Jayhawks. And surprisingly enough, it was the first ever college basketball game for Dobbins.
One noticeable absence was head coach Bob Stoops as he was playing in a charity golf event at Pebble Beach. Dobbins said he didn’t mind it, saying he has seen Coach Stoops a number of times. It did give him another opportunity to connect with Boulware.
“He’s a great coach. He’s genuine, and you can sense that,” Dobbins said. “He’s not going to hide anything. He’s going to be straight up. He’s a great person.”
Dobbins said there really wasn’t too much football talk going on because he talks with Boulware in one form or another nearly every single day. There aren’t any questions that need to be answered.
That day will come, though, because Dobbins is ready to accelerate his process. He hasn’t locked down his exact timetable, but he knows he wants to be a mid-year enrollee and wants his choice to be done before his senior season.
Other schools are in play like Notre Dame and Stanford although most believe this is going to be an epic recruiting battle between OU and Texas.
It’s possible Dobbins visits Texas later in the month. It’s possible he visits the Irish or Cardinal, and it’s possible he’s back in Norman for the for the spring game.
Nothing is set in stone in terms of locking down dates yet. Even though the No. 111 ranking is nice, Dobbins is still not satisfied.
“I’m just going to keep working and perfecting my craft,” Dobbins said. “I still feel like I’m being slept on a bit so I’m just using it as motivation. I don’t want to be one of the best. I want to be the best.”
Sooners Illustrated will get a chance to see Dobbins in person March 13 at the Dallas Opening regional camp.