It's not uncommon to see a blue chip high school athlete to play more than one position, or even play more than one sport. However, Shreveport (LA) Huntington athlete Jarrett Fobbs takes versatility to a whole new level. On the football field, the 6-foot, 185-pound athlete has excelled at running back, wide receiver, defensive back, and return specialist. He's also a first team all-district performer on the baseball team where he's also a jack of all trades on the diamond.
"I play every position in the infield – first base, second base, shortstop, and third base," Fobbs said. "Oh, I pitch too. I'll play where I can help my team, whether it's football or baseball."
If there was any question which sport he would be playing at the next level that was laid to rest when many of the SEC Conference powerhouses and others around the country sent early scholarship offers to the explosive playmaker.
"I've got a long list of offers, really too many to list but I have narrowed my list down to five schools," Fobbs said. "Right now, my No. 1 is Ole' Miss and Mississippi State followed by Texas A&M at No. 3 and then Alabama and LSU. All five have offered."
The versatile prospect wants to play offense at the next level, and he likes the messages from the coaches at Ole' Miss and Mississippi State about the offensive schemes and how they would use him all over the field in their plan of attack.
"They both want to build the offense around me and use my versatility as a running back and a receiver," Fobbs said. "They plan to spread it out and get me the ball in space and let me use my skills."
Another team high on his list is Texas A&M. Fobbs visited the campus earlier this spring and came away impressed with the environment and the progress of the program. Going to College Station would also be a good fit for personal and family reasons.
"My brother is just down the road at Prairie View A&M and I have a lot of family in Houston," Fobbs said. "A&M is pretty close to home and one of my best friends, Jonathan Stewart, is going there. He's been working me pretty hard about being an Aggie."
Fobbs is also seriously considering two other SEC schools and hopes to take an unofficial visit to each campus this summer.
"Alabama and LSU are on my list. They are prestigious schools," Fobbs said. "Alabama has a good offense that utilizes a lot of play action and a balance of run and pass that I like. LSU is the home state school and a lot of people want me to jump on the bandwagon. That would be big."
Despite playing baseball this spring, Fobbs did get to participate in spring practices and he used the time to improve his skills on both sides of the ball. He's looking forward to a big senior season in the fall.
"At receiver, I worked hard on improving my speed and quickness, and I also improved in the mental aspects of the game. I'm comfortable coming to the line and reading the defense and making adjustments, and I'm better at separating and finding the green grass," Fobbs said. "On defense, I focused on my footwork and working man-to-man."
Currently, Fobbs does not have any specific plans to take unofficial visits this summer, but said he'd like to go visit his top schools one more time, and may also try to go see Arkansas and maybe Oklahoma. If his plans go as expected, he'd like to make a school decision this summer prior to the start of his senior year.
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