Willie Mobley, the 6-foot-2, 263-pound four-star defensive tackle from Eden Prairie, Minn., has 22 scholarship offers and is beginning to narrow down his favorites. He recently returned from visiting UCLA and says the Bruins are near the top of his list.
"I just went there like two weeks ago," Mobley said. "It was a great trip. They have really good academics and I love their academic support. Also, the scenery and the campus is beautiful and all the people are great. Everyone had a smile on their face and it just seems like a happy place."
The Bruins haven't offered Mobley yet, but he's confident they'll come through. "They haven't offered because they are waiting on my transcripts. They said that once they clear my academics, they'll offer."
Mobley, ranked No. 27 in the Midwest by Scout.com and the No. 14 defensive tackle nationally, said he favors Ohio State slightly over UCLA, Iowa, Arizona and Minnesota. All have offered, except the Bruins.
He plans on visiting the Buckeyes in August. "It's Ohio State, what's not to like," he said. "The fans are crazy and they have amazing tradition and coaches. They make football players there and I know I could become a great player there."
Another school that Mobley would like to visit this summer, if time permits, is Arizona. "I have a good relationship with their defensive line coach, Joe Robinson," Mobley said. "He's a great coach and a good guy. He told me I was the only Midwest player he was recruiting."
The only other school besides UCLA that Mobley has already visited is Iowa. "They've been after me since my freshman year," he said. "It's like going home. I'm really comfortable around all the coaches and the players and I like the campus a lot. I'm being recruited by Eric Johnson (recruiting coordinator) and Kirk Ferentz. They are both great guys and we're more like friends now. We talk about all sorts of things and not just football."
Mobley has previously mentioned USC as a favorite school but he says now that the Trojans aren't recruiting him very much.
"I'll just look at all the positive and negatives of all these schools and make a list and see who stands out," Mobley said.
He reports a 2.7 core GPA and is retaking the ACT in September. "I'm fine, but I just want to keep my test score confidential. I'll take it again to see if I can do better."