Midwest DT Likes UCLA

It may seem strange to some that Willie Mobley, born and raised in the Midwest, likes so many Pac-10 schools, but to him it makes sense. "The Midwest is known for having big, corn-fed kids," Mobley said. "It's not always true because we have a lot of great athletes, but the Pac-10 produces freakish athletes. It's like the SEC. I just love the West Coast swagger and I think I'd fit in well..."

Willie Mobley is ranked as the No. 18 best player in the Midwest by Scout.com. The 6-foot-2, 263-pound defensive tackle from Eden Prairie (Minn.) remains "wide open" and has approximately 15 scholarships.

"I'm really happy with my options," Mobley said. "I haven't really had a chance to look at too many schools yet. A lot of other schools are recruiting me and I want to see who else offers. I can't really say that I have a top five because I'm really looking at everyone right now. But I do really like the West Coast schools and plans to visit UCLA, USC, Arizona and California this summer."

The Scout.com four-star recruit will be attending the USC one-day camp and the UCLA camp on June 14. "I'm really interested in UCLA," Mobley said. "I really want to get a feel for the area and meet with the coaches. They are up-and-coming. They are young and have a crazy recruiting class coming in. Nobody gave them a chance last year and they did well and beat USC.

"I also really like coach Karl Dorrell," he said. "He's just really calm and he's the same guy in person as he is on TV."

Despite Mobley's interest in UCLA and USC, neither of them have offered yet. "USC sends me letters here and there, but they aren't really recruiting me too hard. I like them, but I think they seem to be more into the big-name players. I consider myself to be one of the best defensive lineman in the nation, but I'm not that well known."

Mobley also really likes Minnesota, which is only 20 minutes from his house, Iowa and Kansas State, who he says is actually recruiting him the hardest. All three have offered. "Kansas State sends me the most mail and text me pretty much every night."

He also has offers from Kentucky, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Arizona, Hawaii and a few others.

"Iowa likes me a lot too," he said. "I have a great relationship with their coaches. They've been recruiting me since my freshman year when I was playing running back. I also like coach Kirk Ferentz a lot and we just seem to have a great bond. It's more than just recruiting with him. We talk about my family and school and I just like how he's a big people person. Everyone seems to like him and nobody has anything bad to say about him. He takes time to talk to my family and my coach and just keeps it real."

Mobley says he hopes to figure out his top five this summer. "Honestly, I wish I already knew where I wanted to go and could commit, but this is the biggest decision I'll make next to getting married and I don't want to rush into it."

It may seem strange to some that Mobley, born and raised in the Midwest, would be looking at so many Pac-10 schools, but to him it makes perfect sense. "The Midwest is known for having big, corn-fed kids," Mobley said. "It's not always true because we have a lot of great athletes, but the Pac-10 produces freakish athletes. It's like the SEC. I just love the West Coast swagger and I think I'd fit in well with their style."

He reports a 2.7 core GPA and is waiting on the results of his ACT.


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