TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Monday marked the first day of spring practice for teams in Florida. For Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian dual-threat quarterback Matt Dobson, it signaled the beginning of his final high school season. A season he is heavily focused on despite a great deal of attention from college coaches.
"Coaches are coming by here but I am focused on us getting better as a team," Dobson said. "I just want to get ready for the season."
The 6-foot-1, 206-pound signal-caller talked about the first day working with his teammates.
"It is great to get spring practice underway," Dobson said. "It is always exciting to get that first day out of the way. I thought we had a good first day."
Some of his teammates at North Florida Christian are new transfers, including a pair of locals in senior offensive linemen Drew Sarvary, who came from Leon, and junior all-purpose back Marcus Clark, who came from Chiles.
"We have some new guys that have come in and they fit in really well," Dobson said. "They just have to learn the offense, all of the different pieces and all of the different plays. They are getting it. That is what the spring is for, to learn the offense."
As for those college recruiters, Dobson has been forewarned to expect them in droves.
"A pile of them," Dobson said when asked who was coming to visit. "Georgia Tech was by here today. North Carolina State, Western Kentucky, TCU, Nebraska, Florida State, Auburn, and Alabama, a whole bunch of schools coming by here this spring."
Georgia Tech, as well as Florida International, have extended an offer to Dobson. He says the Yellow Jackets, who he most recently visited in April, are amongst his top schools.
"They are probably the frontrunner right now but I don't have a clear favorite," Dobson said. "It is very open right now. I am open to anybody really."
In addition to Georgia Tech, Dobson said he has had a lot of communication with N.C. State, Western Kentucky, Florida International, South Florida, and a few others. He said that he is going to give all of them a lot of attention and try and find the best fit for him.
"I am just going to research these schools and find what is the best fit for me," Dobson said.
One major factor in determining the best fit for him will be the position they want him for. Dobson said he would prefer to play quarterback at the next level, but some schools such as Alabama and South Florida are looking at him as a safety.
This summer, Dobson said he plans to attend a few different team camps but doesn't know his schedule at this point.