The 5'10, 200-pounder had been considered a Longhorns lean throughout the process, though there was a brief surge by the Oklahoma Sooners about a month ago in his 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions following a Junior Day visit to Norman. So Dobbins' decision to commit to the Buckeyes never looked imminent, even though he had talked about making an early decision. And head coach Urban Meyer didn't even officially offer Dobbins until several weeks ago, along with the fact that there isn't even any evidence that he's been to Columbus since last May.
Since Dobbins hasn't visited recently and since it's so early in the process and since he lives in such close proximity to Austin -- La Grange is just over 60 miles away -- the Longhorns should have a chance to battle back into the mix, as he's a key target at the running back position. Once National Signing Day 2017 starts getting closer, that proximity could start to factor into his decision. Look at what happened with Texas defensive tackle signee Jordan Elliott in the 2016 class.
So look for new running backs coach Anthony Johnson to try to get Dobbins on campus during spring practice or for the spring game. If that doesn't work out, Johnson will certainly make La Grange one of his first stops during the evaluation period.
And just what are the 'Horns missing on at the moment? Dobbins is a consensus four-star prospect ranked as the No. 82 player overall, the No. 4 all-purpose back, and the No. 7 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He currently holds over 20 offers after compiling close to 6,000 yards rushing and receiving over the last three seasons, including 2,741 rushing yards and 35 rushing touchdowns as a junior. As a sophomore, he scored 37 rushing touchdowns.
In the 2017 class, Dobbins is the only all-purpose back with an offer and Houston Langham Creek's Toneil Carter is the only running back with an offer from Texas at this time.