J.K. Dobbins Getting to Know Longhorns

There’s a lot to like about 2017 four-star running back J.K. Dobbins (La Grange, Texas).

He’s well spoken, humble and hungry to be the best running back in the country for 2017.

The Longhorns obviously think highly of him as he currently holds the only offer by a running back in 2017. So Saturday’s “Under The Lights” Camp was an important time for both to get to know each other better than they already did.

Dobbins, who stands 5-foot-9 and 184 pounds, was one of a select few recruits that showed up to Texas’ facilities hours before the camp actually started.

“It was a great day,” he said. “When I got there I sat in the players lounge and Coach [Chris] Vaughn and all of them came by. I got to talk to them.

“My day started when Coach [Tommie] Robinson came down and took me into the running backs meeting room. Coach Brick Haley was awesome. Coach Haley was just roasting on him all day. He was funny. “

Once he got inside the meeting room, Robinson gave him an idea as to just how important he could be for UT’s program moving forward.

“Coach Robinson told me that he really wanted me to be at Texas and that I was his No. 1 back, how I have a good opportunity here,” Dobbins said. “Then we talked about the offense and how things worked, how I could fit in and help them win a national championship. “

How did that make him feel?

“It makes me happy and excited,” he said. “It’s special, very special that he could say that.”

Robinson told Dobbins that he could be used in various positions throughout the offense because of his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. That’s something that Dobbins is looking for.

The one coach that Dobbins didn’t speak to was Charlie Strong, which he hopes to do the next time he visits Texas, which will likely be for a game this fall.

Dobbins grew up a Texas fan and told HD that his UT offer was a “dream come true,” but he wasn’t ready to say that the Longhorns were his No. 1 school at the moment.

“Right now, I would say, I don’t know,” he said hesitantly. “I don’t know. I don’t know. “

So what’s next for him?

“I’ll be going to A&M and Oklahoma pretty soon,” he said. “I think I might make it to TCU again and I am trying to go to Arizona State before the summer is out. But I don’t know if that will happen.”

As for a timeframe on when he might commit somewhere, Dobbins said, “Honestly I am just waiting out the process and letting everything fall into place. I don’t have a specific date. If I know my heart is set somewhere then I’ll commit there.”



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