Mobley Talks Recruiting

Willie Mobley could have a future at defensive end or defensive tackle at the next level depending on how his body develops and which school he chooses and the Eden Prairie, Minn., native is fine with playing either one. Mobley informed us that he has picked up three more offers and talked about his interest in Oklahoma.

Willie Mobley, a 6-foot-2, 263-pound defensive lineman from Eden Prairie Senior High School recently added three more written scholarship offers from Arkansas, Nebraska and Colorado to his even growing list of suitors that is now approaching the 20 mark. Mobley is currently at a camp with his teammates, however he had some time and filled us in on some recent events.

"I'm at a seven-on-seven passing camp right now at Crown College and we haven't lost a game in about five years hear, so I am just enjoying myself," Mobley said. "Arkansas, Nebraska and Colorado have been the latest three offers I have picked up. I'm completely open right now and honestly I am just focusing on being a leader for my team so we can get back to winning another state championship this season."

"I camped at Colorado and thought I did pretty well against some top competition while I was up there," Mobley added. "The funny thing was that I was talking with Head Coach Dan Hawkin's son for a while up there and had no idea he was who he was, so then Coach Hawkins came over and talked to me too. The coaching staff there was probably the nicest I have met so far. I like Coach Houston Nutt a lot down at Arkansas and Coach (Kevin) Cosgrove at Nebraska has also been in contact with me and is a nice guy. I talk to Bryce Givens everyday, so I am sure he helped with getting me that offer."

As mentioned, Mobley is completely open in his recruiting right now and has not had the opportunity to take a visit to Oklahoma, however he has been in constant contact with the coaching staff and is pretty familiar with the program. He spoke to us about his thoughts on what he is looking for in a school in general and specifically about the Sooner program as well.

"I am being recruited by both Coach Jackie Shipp and Coach (Bob) Stoops at Oklahoma and really like them both," Mobley explained. "Coach Shipp is all about talking about family and is a very laid back guy. There is never any pressure when I am talking to he or Coach Stoops which is completely different then a lot of other programs I talk to. I feel very comfortable with him and he says that if I come to Oklahoma he will make me into a beast which is really exciting. They think that I will come in as a defensive end, but will eventually end up at defensive tackle down the line. Coach Stoops is a young guy, he's exciting and the history he has already built at Oklahoma is amazing. I will definitely visit them officially, but I haven't thought of what other schools I will visit."

"Like I said, I haven't been to Norman yet, but I know they are a hard working program and have one of the best strength and conditioning coaches there are. Playing at Oklahoma I would have a chance to contend for a national championship every year which is big. Oklahoma also produces a ton of NFL football players, especially on the defensive line. The staff there compared me to Tommie Harris which was a huge compliment. A lot of schools look for these really tall defensive tackles, but that doesn't make sense to me because it's all about leverage and pad level at the position, so I don't see why height would help."

"One thing that is very important to me is that I not only become a better football player, but also a better person while I am at school," Mobley added. "I would like to major in something in the natural sciences or sports psychology and while my dream is to play in the NFL, I must get a quality education first and expand my mind. Without doing that I just wouldn't be satisfied wherever I was."

Mobley led Eden Prairie to 14-0 mark and a Class AAAAA title as a junior and was named All-Metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and first-team All-State after registering 74 tackles, 12 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

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