Dobbs gearing up for instant impact for Vandy

The tight end positions was a top priority in this year's recruiting cycle for Vanderbilt, especially with the recent departure of Mitchell Parsons to Colorado State. Sam Dobbs, out of Landmark Christian School in Fairburn, Ga., will be a player the Commodore coaches are counting on to fill that void.

Sam Dobbs Bio spoke with Dobbs to get his thoughts on his senior season and how this year's Vanderbilt recruiting class is shaping up with just over a month to go until signing day.

"It was a tough season because I missed a few games with a hurt groin but I was able to come back and finish it out," Dobbs said. "I made about 30 catches for 375 yards and six touchdowns. I added 200 rushing yards lining up at H-back, the wildcat, tailback.

"I missed six games and came back for our regular season finale with Our Lady of Mercy. Unfortunately, we got knocked off in the first round of the playoffs against Mount Pisgah Christian. I'm not sure what happened. I think it could have been that we were too confident going in, but either way it's still a loss."

Despite playing in just five games for the War Eagles, Dobbs still was named last week first team All-Region. After the game Friday night game, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound tight end was a frequent visitor to Vanderbilt Stadium to lend his support to the Commodores' effort.

"I'm actually taking my official visit (to Vanderbilt) in a couple of weeks," said Dobbs. "I was at a total of five home games this season. The last one I went to was the Tennessee game which was a crazy game, thought it could have gone either way.

"Going up to Vanderbilt so much has allowed me to connect with a lot of the other recruits. We're sending texts to each other all the time, giving a shout-out here and there. I'm definitely excited to be a part of this class. They're some guys I'm really looking forward to playing with. You got to give the coaches credit for bringing in some top-talent. They've done a great job. There's still no word yet on the new offensive coordinator, but I can't wait to see who it's going to be."

In the off-season, Dobbs is swimming competitively for his high school, but says he plans on living in the weight room this spring to condition for freshman year at Vanderbilt.

"I'm definitely looking to go in to contribute right away," he said. "My ultimate goal is to be the starting tight end. It will depend on what the team needs from me. If the opportunity isn't there and the coaches think I should use the season to redshirt then it will give me a chance to continue to improve and get bigger. I'm hoping though to earn a little playing time. Usually I'm running track in the spring but this year I'm going to work out every single day getting ready for my first practice at Vanderbilt."

Dobbs chose Vanderbilt over offers from Air Force, Georgia Southern, and many FCS programs including Penn and Yale. He said he has not received any additional offers since his commitment to Vanderbilt on June 18th.

On Signing Day, Landmark Christian will honor Dobbs and Will Yancey, who recently committed to Army, with a ceremony on campus.

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