Heading to junior day

Jarrett Fobbs is one of the state's top playmakers

Class of 2009 defensive end Kendrick Washington turned heads in the direction of the Huntington High football team on Friday nights this past fall. This year, college coaches will have their eyes on the Raiders once more, this time on standout athlete Jarrett Fobbs.

As a sophomore, Fobbs lined up on offense, defense and special teams, totaling over 1,000 all purpose yards, with 422 yards and seven touchdowns coming on the ground. He rushed for 422 yards and seven touchdowns while catching 25 passes for 372 yards and three touchdowns.


Fobbs looked to improve on those numbers during his junior campaign and he was able to do so despite rarely getting off the field in 2008.

"I had over 1,400 all purpose yards and 14 touchdowns on this past season," he said. "I played running back, wide receiver, cornerback and safety. I really only played both ways when they needed me to get in on defense for a big play. A majority of the time my minutes were coming on the offensive side of the ball."


That kind of performance was good enough to keep the contact from college coaches coming his way.


"I have been getting lots and lots of letters," Fobbs said. "LSU has probably been sending me the most. Ole Miss, Duke and Auburn have all been sending me a lot of stuff as well. I have not gotten any offers yet, but a lot of schools are showing interest in me."


When the offers begin to roll in, the 6-foot, 180-pound prospect said that he already has an early leader.


"LSU is the hometown school, so I would put them out front right now," Fobbs said. "LSU is in the SEC, and that is the conference I really am looking at playing in. I just think it is the best conference for a lot of different reasons. I also want to be close to home, and those schools are around here and all offer a place that will benefit me.”


The end of this month will give Fobbs a chance to get an up close look at what LSU has to offer and he plans on taking full advantage of that opportunity.


"I will be coming down to junior day on Jan. 31," added Fobbs. "I think LSU will be recruiting me like the type of athlete Morris Claiborne is, who will be in the upcoming class. He and I grew up together, and he is a really great player who can make things happen. They have a great find in getting him."


As for other schools in the picture, Fobbs said that staying in a spread offense will be a major selling point.


"The spread just lets me make a lot of plays because you can get the ball into the playmakers’ hands in different ways," he said. "I like the offense I saw at Ole Miss this past season, and they really turned things around. I am just going to be keeping an eye on a number of schools heading into next year when the process really starts for me."

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