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J.K. Dobbins
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Season Profiles:  2017 | 2016
About J.K. Dobbins
Home Town: La Grange, Texas
School: La Grange High School
Height: 5-10
Weight: 201
Forty Yard: 4.44
Vertical Leap: 43.1
Shuttle Time: 4.09
247Sports Scout Rivals ESPN 247Comp
4-Star #2 APB
4-Star #3 ATH
4-Star #4 RB
4-Star #5 RB
4-Star #2 APB
U.S. Army All-American | Nation's No. 2 All-Purpose Running Back

The Player
J.K. Dobbins is a 5-foot-9 200-pound tailback from La Grange, Texas, and is rated the No. 2 all-purpose back in the nation per 247Sports and No. 4 running back per Rivals. He missed all of 2016 with an ankle injury. In 2015, he rushed for 2,741 yards on 288 carries with 35 touchdowns. The season before that, while splitting carries, he rushed for 2,230 yards and 37 touchdowns on just 183 carries. Dobbins also held offers Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor, TCU, Texas A&M, California and Arkansas.

As a runner, Dobbins is completely comfortable in traffic and has the vision to move through it as if football was choreographed. According to his head coach Matt Kates, he could also be a D-I slot receiver if he wanted. Dobbins has been hand-timed at 4.30 in the 40-yard dash in the last year and was a state finalist in the Texas High School 100 meters as a freshman. He also played a little bit of quarterback when the need would arise.

The Comparison
This is a tough one because he's not like many other Buckeye running backs before him. He's roughly the same size as Carlos Snow from 25-odd years ago. He has similar quickness and speed to Butler By'not'e from nearly just as long ago. Dontre Wilson would be a fair comparison because they're both Texas running backs who could project into the slot. But it's rare to find a 5-foot-9 tailback with elite speed who is so comfortable running between the tackles. Maybe former Pitt running back and OSU recruit LeSean McCoy would be a fair comparison for the way he moves in traffic.

The Fit
Part of the difficulty in projecting a running back like J.K. Dobbins is also what makes him a pretty good fit for the Buckeyes. Those who know him believe that he is absolutely a three-down tailback all the way, and so maybe those folks should be believed. In terms of his skill set, he's a fit because he has great hands, has a willingness to pass block, and is accustomed to running between the tackles, because that's what he does in high school. Then there is also the fact that maybe he can do more than just be a tailback. Maybe he can be an H-back as well. And maybe his versatility is just what the Buckeyes are looking for.

The Depth Chart
When J.K. Dobbins arrives on campus there will be at least three other tailbacks there with him. Mike Weber will be a redshirt sophomore, Antonio Williams will be a true sophomore, and sophomore Demario McCall might still be around as well. That's a fairly young group and one that lends itself to a freshman making a mark if he's good enough.

The Future
It is absolutely feasible for J.K. Dobbins to see the field as a true freshman. He enrolled in January and will participate in spring football. His versatility and all-around game gives him value in many aspects, including special teams. With speed like he possesses there is also an impatient desire by the coaches to get him on the field as quickly as possible because even if he doesn't know every play, his instincts will always allow him to run. We may not yet know where Dobbins will end up when he gets to Ohio State, but we do know that when he does arrive, they'll be wanting to put the football in his hands as quickly as possible. — Tony Gerdeman

2016 - Did not play
2015 - 2,741 yds rushing, 288 carries, 35 touchdowns
2014 - 2,230 yds rushing, 183 carries, 37 touchdowns

Coach's Quote: "I had him hand-timed yesterday at a 4.30 40. That probably computes to a low 4.4 laser time. The most impressive thing is his vertical leap. He’s around a low 40” vertical leap. If you watch the NFL Combine, he’d be at the tops of the running backs right now. I don’t know what his ceiling is. He’s 17 years old. When he’s 21 he might look like that sucker that’s leaving y’all right now (Ezekiel Elliott). He might be 225 and have every measurable that you could ever think of." — La Grange head coach Matt Kates, March 2016

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