The Arizona State Sun Devils enjoyed a successful run in 2012 thanks in part to the breakout year of sophomore quarterback Taylor Kelly. The young signal-caller threw for 3,039 yards with 29 touchdowns and just nine interceptions in his first year as starter, giving him the inside track to the starting job in 2013. The presence of talented freshman Michael Eubank behind him makes the depth chart pretty crowded at the QB position, and that could cost Todd Graham four-star QB prospect Josh Dobbs this signing day.
Dobbs committed to ASU last summer before the emergence of Kelly under center. With signing day less than a week away, the No. 4 rated dual-threat QB is ripe to be flipped, though for now he remains committed to the Sun Devils. He’s drawn plenty of interest as programs rush to finish the recruiting season strong with the Tennessee Volunteers and Clemson Tigers making late hard sells. Even the Stanford Cardinal have been linking to Dobbs, offering to let him play both football and baseball in Palo Alto.
The Vols appear to be the biggest threat to ASU for the services of the Alpharetta, Georgia, quarterback. With the quarterback position seemingly locked down for the next several years in Tempe, Dobbs would potentially be sitting for the next three years before he got his opportunity. Tennessee’s quarterback situation is uncertain at best and with new head coach Butch Jones in town, a fresh face could make a major impact right away.
Jones is also going to be bringing his spread system with him to Knoxville, and Dobbs is the perfect quarterback to run it. His athleticism and arm strength would translate well into what Jones is trying to do with Tennessee’s offense and would give him a playmaker early to try and break through in the SEC.
Also helping Tennessee’s case is their academics. One of the reasons that Dobbs chose Arizona State initially was because of their aerospace engineering program, a curriculum that Tennessee also happens to offer. An education is important to Dobbs, and the Vols can offer him a comparable one at Tennessee.
For now, Dobbs remains steadfast on his commitment to Graham and the Sun Devils. But with signing day rapidly approaching, the combination of football and academics may be enough to flip Dobbs to Rocky Top.