Even before SoonerSquad17 became an actual thing, there were a few recruits most had pegged to become Sooners in the end.
No doubt La Grange (Texas) High ATH J.K. Dobbins was one of those guys. Oklahoma was so early in terms of recruiting Dobbins. The impression really was that there wasn’t anything that was going to keep him from being a Sooner.
Then Ohio State came along. Dobbins shocked a lot in the recruiting world with an out of the blue commitment to the Buckeyes last month.
Dobbins, ranked in the Scout 100, finally got a chance to see Columbus and meet with Urban Meyer and the rest of the Buckeyes staff.
“It was very important for me to get out there, and it was way better than I thought it would be,” Dobbins said. “It was a lot more than what I expected. I love Coach Meyer and all the coaches.
“I felt it in my heart. This is a great coaching staff that is going to get me where I need to be.”
The sudden change of heart has still been tough for OU fans to digest. Dobbins openly admitted OU was his top school for a long time. Where most felt it was a battle between OU and Texas, Dobbins said Ohio State just feels like the play for him.
Dobbins wouldn’t budge when asked if there was anything that turned him off OU and turned him on with the Buckeyes. Speculation has run rampant that OU’s aggressive recruiting approach actually soured Dobbins, but he did not confirm that.
What he did confirm was the Sooners haven’t thrown in the towel yet. He’s still hearing from the coaches and the commits.
“Oh yea, it means a lot to me,” Dobbins said. “They want to play with me. I want to play with a family and those guys seem pretty cool.”
Dobbins is expected to be a mid-year enrollee so he won’t have as long to wait the process out. As of now, Dobbins said he has zero visits planned and is 100 percent with the Buckeyes.
It will be intriguing to see if OU eventually moves on to guys like Mansfield (Texas) High’s Kennedy Brooks or Trey Sermon and accepts Dobbins won’t be a Sooner.
OU needs running backs in this class. If Dobbins isn’t that guy, the Sooners must be able to adjust if the interest is 100 percent no longer mutual.