June 4, 2007

Back from Boulder

Originally Willie Mobley was not planning to attend any camps this spring or summer. But he found an invitation to the Boulder NIKE Training Camp too hard to pass up.

The 6-foot-3, 266-pound defensive lineman from Eden Prairie (Minn.) High is glad he made the trip out to Colorado. Not only was he named the defensive line MVP of the NIKE Camp, he picked up a scholarship offer from a program he has developed high interest in.

"It was very fun," Mobley said. "I wasn't really planning to do any camps but I love football and I love competing. I went out there with a chip on my shoulder. I wanted to prove to people that I'm one of the top defensive linemen in the nation.

"I came went out there, I'm competed and I didn't lose one one-on-one. It was exciting. I enjoyed meeting some other players that were out there and meeting all the different coaches."

Mobley also attended the Buffaloes' Friday Night Lights event.

"That was really fun," he expressed. "They offered me 15 minutes into it. I was catching the ball and Coach Romeo Bandison said, 'You know we are offering you, right?'. They offered me that night. I am excited. They changed my recruiting status, I kind of fell in love with Colorado. I love the area, the people are real nice and the coaches are great. I think they have a bright future."

Roughly 15 other programs had offered Mobley a scholarship before Colorado, including Arizona, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio State, Oklahoma, UCLA, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa State and Hawaii.

"Colorado sent me a few letters but I never had any contact with them until a few days before the NIKE Camp," he said. "Coach Bandison said they really wanted me to come to their [Friday Night Lights] event. I'm glad I did. I felt at home out there; it felt comfortable and the coaches are great."

Mobley said he is planning to take his time with the recruiting process.

"I want to take my official visits," he said. "I wish I could commit today but it's not as easy as it seems. Kids around my school say, 'Oh, you have to commit here, or here, because it's a big school'. To me, it's about where I fit in and where I can succeed academically. And I felt real comfortable at Colorado. I am going to make these other visits. I go to Iowa on Friday and Wisconsin pretty soon. I am just trying to make it around to each college. I want to learn as much as I can about them."

When it comes time for Mobley to make a commitment, his mom's opinion will weigh heavily on his decision. "She is a big part of it because she is going to move with me for the first year or two, just get me settled out there," he explained. "She really wants me to go where I feel most comfortable."

Battling double and triple teams, Mobley recorded 74 tackles and 12 quarterback sacks last season.

"I'll for sure be a defensive tackle [in college]; I play nose right now," he said. "I know my body size right now is that of a strongside defensive end but I still have another year left in high school."

Mobley was named to the pre-evaluation Rivals250 watch list for the Class of 2008.

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