It’s no surprise that scholarship offers continue to go out at a fast pace for SMU, and this one was very much warranted.
2017 La Grange (Tex.) running back J.K. Dobbins received his 7th offer from SMU after hopping on the phone with Mustangs’ running backs coach Claude Mathis on Tuesday night.
“I called Coach Mathis last night and he was telling me how he really liked me and how I have something that a lot of people don’t have,” Dobbins said. “It’s great to get an offer from (SMU). I’m honored.”
The 5-foot-9, 184-pound back took in the Mustangs’ March 21 junior day and enjoyed the entire package that SMU has to offer.
“It’s a nice campus. Academics wise, it’s a great place. And the Coaches—I like how they coach the players,” Dobbins said. “It was fun.”
Dobbins only had the chance to speak with Coach Mathis on his visit to the Hilltop, but hopes he can build relationships with the entire staff before everything is said and done.
“I’ve talked to them a little,” Dobbins explained. “I’ll have to go up there more, tour a little more and talk to the coaches more because I don’t know the coaches real well yet.”
While Dobbins likes SMU, He’s just getting to know the coaching staff and lists the Mustangs behind Oklahoma, TCU, California and Duke (who have all offered). The sophomore ball carrier says Oklahoma, who he picked up an offer from over the weekend, is his favorite right now.
“I love (running backs) coach (Jay) Boulware,” Dobbins said. “I love the campus and I love the town atmosphere. And of course, a lot of great backs come from there so that’s a plus.”
Dobbins says he’ll likely attend a few camps this summer, but before that, he’s ready to see how his game has progressed over the off-season.
“I’m ready to see how much better by game got. I’m waiting to see how my new linemen are going to react to the speed of the game and if they can step up to the challenge,” Dobbins said.
Described as a smart back with a strong lower body who can go from 0-100 real fast, Dobbins knows his strengths have impressed college coaches so far, but still has plenty to work on as a rising junior.
“I’m trying to improve on being an overall better player. A player that can tell his teammates where to go at anytime, and a better captain,” Dobbins said.
Dobbins will speak with his mother before deciding to attend the SMU or Texas spring game.