Last year, defensive end Jordan Jenkins (Hamilton, Ga./Harris County) put on a show in the inaugural Rising Seniors Junior Bowl, making three sacks, blocking a punt, and wreaking havoc in the offensive backfield throughout the game. Dozens of schools offered as his stock exploded, and on Thursday Jenkins capped off his prep career on the gridiron with two sacks in the Under Armour Alll-America Game. The offensive MVP of this year’s Rising Seniors Junior Bowl is hoping his performance will have a similar effect.
Quarterback Joshua Dobbs (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta) might have been overshadowed by other names during the week, but last Friday he put on a passing clinic, completing 20 of 31 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns. The only participant to throw for over 100 yards or complete a touchdown pass in the event, Dobbs was also the No. 2 rusher in the game with 40 yards on the ground.
“My goal this week was to come out here, play as hard as I could on the field, and prove myself against the best competition in Georgia,” Dobbs said. “I think I did a pretty good job of that in the game.”
The Rising Seniors program selects 90 of the top junior football talents in Georgia to participate, with over half of them earning FBS scholarship offers in the first two years of its existence. Dobbs set out to put himself in that group, and he was not fazed by the talent he went up against during the week.
“It was a great experience knowing that these are the kids getting D-I scholarships and the ones I might play with one day,” Dobbs said. “I went to a lot of combines last summer and I play pretty good competition at Alpharetta, so it was not that difficult to adjust to the speed.”
As much anticipation as there was to strap on the pads and play in the game, Dobbs knows that Rising Seniors is more than that.
“It was not the game that stood out, it was the entire week of being able to listen to all of the great speakers that came to talk to us," Dobbs said. "It was a life-changing experience that I would not trade for the world. I learned so many life skills from Joe Washington and Charlie [Ward] and I just thank them for taking the time to teach us."
Although he is a new name in recruiting circles, Dobbs put his name on the map in Georgia high school football this fall with some record breaking numbers at Alpharetta. The All-State Honorable Mention selection completed 234 of 392 passes for 3113 yards, the fifth most in Georgia last year, and had 29 passing touchdowns. His 2914 yards passing in the regular season were tops among all classifications, and he also ran for 200 yards and two touchdowns as well. He led the Raiders to their first Region 6-AAAAA championship in in school history, and also had Alpharetta ranked in the Coaches Poll for the first time ever. He set school season records in total offense, passing yards, passing touchdowns, and total offense in a single game, with 511 yards against Roswell and most passing yards and touchdowns in a single game with 371 yards and six touchdowns versus West Forsyth.
Princeton has offered, and Duke, Stanford, Vanderbilt and several other SEC programs are showing interest. Dobbs also competed in the Dawg Night Camp at Georgia last July. He is eager to hear more from colleges after his Rising Seniors Junior Bowl performance, which was streamed live at ESPN3 and can be watched again here.
“I am hoping that I was able to get my name out there on a couple recruiting boards across the country,” Dobbs said.