Dobbs coming to Nashville

Sam Dobbs, who committed to Vanderbilt in June, is on the comeback trail at Landmark Christian School (Fairburn, Ga.) after suffering an early season injury. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound tight end came back strong in the game against Eagle's Landing and is ready to lead his team into the playoffs. VandyMania.com caught up with Dobbs to get his take on his season as well as the Commodores.

"I missed six games with a groin injury," Dobbs said. "Those are hard to overcome, but I'm back now and at full-speed. Before the injury I was averaging 12 yards-per-carry and 12 yards-per-catch. I believe that's close to what I had in my first game back last Friday. I've definitely made improvements on my route running and just getting up the field. On every touch, I want to make something happen. I never want to just get tackled, but do something with it every time I get my hands on the ball."

In June, Dobbs was offered by Vanderbilt on a Saturday after a one-day camp and was committed by the following Thursday. He's still firm on that commitment and on his way to see the Commodores play Old Dominion this weekend.

"What really got me excited is seeing how well Vanderbilt has gotten their tight ends involved," he said. "I heard that they lead the SEC in tight end usage. I'm looking forward to watching what they're doing in person. I've talked with some of the other recruits over Twitter and text messaging, but haven't got the opportunity to meet any yet. Hopefully one or two will be there this weekend.

"I talk with the Vanderbilt coaches at least once a week. I'm looking forward to working with Coach Gdowski when I get to Vanderbilt. He's just a great coach to play for. He gives you excellent instruction with great teaching methods. I feel like I've already learned so much from him in terms of blocking, route running, catching the football when I was at camp. It's all about who he is as a man and as a motivator. And he'll get fired up when he needs to. I can't wait to see him and the rest of the coaches at Vanderbilt Stadium on Saturday. We have a game Friday night, but I'll be driving up early the next morning.

"I'm still excited to become a Commodore. At the time I committed I had nine offers. I knew I wanted to commit when I got the good news from Coach Gdowski, who offered, but I wanted to go back and show my parents the campus. After that visit, I gave my verbal commitment and that hasn't changed. I've had some smaller schools come in with looks, no offers, but looks, since then. Basically they just tell me to keep them in mind if anything changes, but I don't foresee anything changing with my recruiting. I'm solid in my commitment to Vanderbilt."

Dobbs had a diverse list of D-1 offers from Air Force, Davidson, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville State, Mercer, Penn, Yale, and Youngstown State.

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