July 27, 2012
ASU recruit Joshua Dobbs doesn't have a ton of recruiting-star power -- he's a three-star quarterback prospect to both Scout and Rivals -- but might be in for a bump the next time the major scouting services revise their rankings.
Dobbs, ranked the 36th-best quarterback in the country by Scout and unranked by Rivals, more than held his own last weekend at the Elite 11 finals, a showcase for the top 25 quarterbacks in the country (based on qualifying at regional Elite 11 camps) held in California. Of the 25 quarterbacks in attendance, a final Elite 11 were selected after four days of competition that included on-field drills and classrom film study, and Dobbs was among that group of 11. While official rankings were not announced, ESPN reported that Dobbs finished fifth overall.
Scout and Rivals weren't quite as bullish but still ranked Dobbs ninth and 13th, respectively, for his performance. Scout national director Scott Kennedy offered the following assessment: "Calm, cool and collected, one of the more unheralded invitees, Dobbs didn't shrink from the challenge, he rose to it. Dobbs stands tall in the pocket and has a quick release. He has a frame that will allow him to add plenty of weight."
For reference, Dobbs, a football and baseball standout at Alpharetta (Ga.) High School, is listed at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds.
Scout also provided video of Dobbs' camp breakout:
With Dobbs considered a somewhat raw prospect, any indicators that he's a potentially elite next-level quarterback are undoubtedly welcome for ASU -- especially since Dobbs is the Devils' only QB (so far) in the 2013 class following a 2012 class that didn't include any.
-- Matt Swartz