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Clemson and Tennessee make late push for QB Josh Dobbs



  One of the state’s fiercest last-minute recruiting battles is over Joshua Dobbs, the QB from Alpharetta High School.

  The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Dobbs is committed to Arizona State, but quietly took an official visit to Tennessee last weekend. Clemson is also making a push for him this week.

  “Josh is a kid that plays things very close to the vest,” Alpharetta coach Jason Dukes told the AJC. “He’s got a lot of opportunities out there.

  “Josh has a lot of criteria that he’s using to evaluate his situation. It’s going to be a family decision for those guys.”

  On Thursday, new Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian visited Alpharetta to meet with Dobbs.

  “Tennessee has been hot on him … they’ve been Joshua Dobbs fans for a while, especially since the coaching change,” Dukes said. “They think Joshua is a great quarterback, a great student and a great young man. They are doing everything they can to convince him to wind up in Knoxville next year.

  “But he hasn’t made any decision to this point about that. He’s still committed to Arizona State. If you ask him where he’s at, that’s what his answer is. Until he tells me something different, that’s what I have to go with.”

  Clemson has also interested the sweepstakes. Clemson recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott and assistant Tony Elliott have stopped by Alpharetta this week to try to convince him to take an official visit with the Tigers this weekend.

  “They basically told Joshua that Clemson is a great place to go to school and play football,” Dukes said.

  Some feel that Dobbs is the state’s top 2013 prospect at QB after a monster senior season at Alpharetta. He passed for 3,265 yards and 29 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. He’s also a straight A-student who has never missed a day school.

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