June 12, 2012

Dobbs recruiting update

After gaining two commitments from Alpharetta, Ga. in Milton offensive linemen Josh Harris and Cory Helms Wake Forest is hoping to keep its hot-streak in the Peach State alive as the Demon Deacons have their sights set on the duo's rival quarterback in Joshua Dobbs.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Alpharetta quarterback, who is rated as a three-star recruit and as the No. 71 prospect in Georgia, grew up playing baseball with Helms.

"They let me know that they both committed to Wake Forest and how they would love for me to come join them up at Wake and for me to be their teammate," Dobbs said.

"Of course it's always great to go somewhere that you know some of the kids that you're going to go to school with, especially some of the kids that you're going to be able to play football with. Wake picking up very, very large linemen that's very encouraging."

He said he spoke with his primary recruiter for the Demon Deacons, wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway Monday, June 11. Dobbs has also been in contact with Wake's quarterback coach Tom Elrod.

"They [Elrod and Galloway] reiterate just how much they want me at Wake," Dobbs said. "I was able to take an unofficial visit to Wake Forest over spring break and get a chance to sit down with the coaches and meet them and talk with them, get a chance to see Wake Forest, see the university and athletics at Wake Forest. I've also been keeping in touch with them throughout the process."

Dobbs claims scholarship offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Boston College, Duke, Harvard, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi State, Princeton, South Florida, Syracuse, TCU, UCF, Wake Forest and Yale, while Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Virginia have also shown interest.

"Schools that I have really liked so far have been Boston College," Dobbs said. "I also enjoyed Arizona State, and then I enjoyed Duke and Wake Forest and then also the Ivy League schools [Harvard and Yale]. I also enjoyed Mississippi State."

Duke, Harvard and Yale have also offered Dobbs for baseball, which he said is something to think about.

Dobbs moves back and forth from shortstop to third base.

"This year I batted around high .300's, low .400's," Dobbs said. "I'm pretty sure I led the team in RBIs and stolen bases."

The two-sport athlete also passed for an eye-popping 3,200 yards and 32 touchdowns, and rushed for 200 yards last football season.

"They [college coaches] like my ability to read different defenses quickly," Dobbs said. "They love my ability to make a lot of throws on the field and my ability to drive my team down the field with ease and staying calm under pressure. As a person they of course like what I've done off the field, being a very strong student. The coaches really like that and how I'm not just a football player [but] how I'm great in the classroom and great around the community when they hear about all of the things I'm involved with around the community."

The Peach State product, who is a member of the National Honors Society, the B.E.T.A. Club, tutors elementary school children and will run for class president this fall, hopes to choose a school before the beginning of his senior year. He wants to attend a school that will enable him to excel academically and athletically.

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