Sooners Still in the Mix for Mobley

Willie Mobley now holds over 20 written scholarship offers and recent articles have had very little mention of Oklahoma from the Eden Prairie, Minn., native, however upon speaking to him recently, the Sooner are still very much in the mix. While many recruits have been giving their verbal commitments early, that is not something one should expect from Mobley.

Last season, Willie Mobley led Eden Prairie High School to a 14-0 record and the Class AAAAA State Championship, pitching in 74 tackles, 12 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Most schools are recruiting the 6-foot-2, 263-pound athlete to play on the defensive line and despite recent rumors that he is an Ohio State lock, Mobley claims that his recruitment is far from over.

"Right now Ohio State, Iowa, UCLA, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Arizona are all schools that I like and frankly, there are a few more in there too," Mobley said. "I just have not gotten that gut feeling yet of which five programs I want to officially visit, so I am just focusing on my senior season right now as I have until February to make a decision on where I plan to spend the next several years of my life."

"I have heard and read people saying that I am a silent or soft verbal to Ohio State right now and that simply is not the case," Mobley added. "I see all of these kids committing to schools early and get pressured to do so by people around me, but for me I think of this as a decision that is going to affect the rest of my life and feel that I should be treating it that way. College is supposed to be the best four years of your life and furthermore, I need to pick a school for the right reasons and find a place where I can not only receive a great education to build a future for myself, but also a place where I feel I can become a better person all around. My focus is on the rest of my life at this point, not finding a school where I can go notch a bunch of sacks for three years and then bolt to the NFL."

Mobley is obviously taking a very methodical, very mature approach to his recruiting and does not plan to have a decision made for quite some time. When we last spoke to him he had just recently started talking to the Oklahoma staff, but since then his relationship has started to blossom with his recruiting coordinator Jackie Shipp.

"I talk to Coach (Jackie) Shipp every other day in some way and also have talked to Coach (Bob) Stoops here and there," Mobley explained. "They asked me not to forget about them and I assured them that they had nothing to worry about in that regard. I do like a lot of things about Oklahoma and they have not pressured me at all which is something that I appreciate. They are also a school that really prides itself on their football program which is obviously very appealing because you know you are walking into a situation with great fan support."

"At this point my relationship with the coaching staff is much better then it was last time we spoke because I have had an opportunity to really get to know both Coach Shipp and Coach Stoops lately," Mobley stated. "I love the history that Oklahoma brings to the table and also feel that if I went there I would get a lot of help academically if I needed it. Norman is definitely a football town and right now Oklahoma is right in the mix with the other programs that have offered me."

Mobley was named first-team All-Metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and was also a first-team All-State selection. He reports a 2.7 core GPA and is retaking the ACT in September.

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