Things were completely different when 2017 four-star running back J.K.Dobbins (La Grange, Texas) walked into the Longhorns’ football facilities on Sunday.
This time, for the first time, he was on Texas’ campus with a UT offer in hand.
“It was a way different feeling, way different. I can’t even explain,” he said. “This is a dream come true to me. Growing up, Texas was my favorite school. I watched them every Saturday and my family loves them. “
The 5-foot-9, 184-pound speedster, with above average strength for someone his size, was originally supposed to work out at Texas’ mini camp on Sunday but his head coach didn’t want him to work out. And that’s actually what got the ball rolling on the offer, which he was more than likely going to get at the camp anyway.
“I was planning to come camp but my head coach doesn’t want me to do any camps,” Dobbins said. “So he called coach Brick Haley and somehow the discussion about me having an offer came up. He told my coach to tell me to call him. When I called he told me I had an offer.”
Dobbins is the only 2017 running back with a Texas offer at the moment, and one of only 21 2017 recruits with one overall.
“It means a lot to me. It means so much to me,” he said. “How excited I am I can’t even explain in words. It means a lot to me and I am very excited about it.”
Dobbins still attended the camp but he just hung out with the coaching staff, which let him know repeatedly that they want him to be a part of their program.
“They seem like the want me a lot. They are saying that. They seem pretty genuine about it,” Dobbins said. “That’s one of the reasons why Texas is my top school. All the coaches seem genuine. They all have character. They want to build you up. It’s just a bond that I have with them that’s really special. Coach Strong told me he really wants me at Texas. I really look up to him and think he’s going to turn things around.”
The excitement in Dobbins’ voice about the Texas offer is apparent, but that doesn’t mean you should expect him to join UT’s 2017 class anytime soon.
“I want to play things slow just to be 100 percent sure that the school I pick is the right school for me,” he said. “I want to wait for a little while.
“I’ll visit other schools. I don’t really have anything planned. I know Ohio State wants me to come visit. I might as well just because it’s a top program.”
Dobbins did tell HD that he will likely visit UT again before the summer is over.