Mobley Still Waiting for Offer

UCLA and Willie Mobley, the #19-ranked defensive tackle in the country, still have a thing going. The Eden Prairie, Minnesota, prospect talked to us about how he's been interacting with UCLA and trying to get that scholarship offer...

Eden Prairie (Minn.) defensive tackle Willie Mobley (6-2, 265) has added two more recent scholarship offers, from Louisville and Tennessee, but despite being a guest at a UCLA fall practice as well as at their camp, Mobley is still waiting for an offer from the Bruins.

"I actually talked with Coach (Chuck) Bullough on Saturday and he explained to me that it's still just an academic process," said Mobley. "They know I can play, and he and Coach (Karl) Dorrell have both said I'm their guy at tackle, but they need to get my transcripts first."

Mobley said he's also talked with academic advisors at UCLA, during his visits, and they indicated that the transcript was the lone hang-up. Later this month, he'll take the ACT and then he'll take the SAT for the first time, which he hopes will expedite the process with UCLA.

Mobley said of his situation: "I'm still considering UCLA, especially if they offer me. I don't have a top five right now either. I'm probably going to take all of my official visits and I'm not going to decide until after the season anyway. If UCLA offers me, then I'll probably visit them officially."

Mobley said he's doing fine academically, and that hasn't stopped any of the other schools who've recruited and offered him from keeping the full court press on. "I'm hearing a ton from Ohio State," said Mobley. "I'm actually trying to get a visit set up with them. And I'm trying to get one set up with Wisconsin, too."

Those two schools, though, are the only two that Mobley said will for certain be receiving visits. The rest, he said, will shake out as the season progresses.

Iowa and Minnesota are two of the other schools he's taking a close look at, the Gophers having the advantage of being the home-state team, but Mobley insisted that hasn't played a role in his decision-making. "I'm actually leaning heavily towards leaving the state and trying somewhere else new," said Mobley.

Eden Prairie is off to a good start in 2007, standing at 6-0 and being nationally ranked.

And Mobley is a big part of the reason. He said, "I've got 27 tackles and 9.5 sacks so far. I also played fullback the other night and actually got my first handoff and first pass thrown to me. They both went for first downs. On one of the plays, I tried to run the guy over but he hit my arms and I fumbled. At least it went out of bounds," said Mobley.

Mobley is a four-star tackle and ranked #19 nationally at the position by Scout.com


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