Verbal commitments are just that, and anything can happen on signing day when the National Letters of Intent set things in stone. Arizona State found that out on Wednesday when quarterback Josh Dobbs changed his mind and decided to stay closer to home and play football at Tennessee, according to Arizona State blog House of Sparky.
Dobbs had seemed like a sure thing for ASU, and House of Sparky says academics were a key point:
The 6'3, 190-pound Dobbs seemed destined to remain committed to ASU, with the school's aeronautics program being a key selling point for the quarterback. However, over the last month, he began to explore options closer to home, including Mississippi State. He took an official visit to ASU on January 18th, but followed that with a trip to Knoxville a week after.
The Sun Devils received a verbal commitment from Dobbs way back in June. He moved up recruiting rankings during his senior year, and was sought after by more schools around the country. The switch allows the Georgia native to stay closer to home.
The flip hurts for the Sun Devils, but they are rejoicing in Knoxville. Dobbs is rated as the 10th-best pro-style quarterback by the composite rankings on 247 Sports. He is a consensus 4-star recruit, despite his slight frame. At that weight, Dobbs seems like a likely redshirt, so Arizona State fans may at least get one year of reprieve from watching him at Tennessee.