By: USA TODAY High School Sports | November 1, 2016
JK Dobbins, the top-ranked all-purpose back in the nation, saw his senior season end on his team’s first play on offense.
Dobbins, from La Grange (Texas), suffered a broken bone in his right leg and a severely sprained ankle against Liberty Hill in the Aug. 26 opener. While there had been hope he might return this season, the decision was made to shut him down.
His attention is now largely turned toward Ohio State. He committed to the Buckeyes in March and is scheduled to make his official visit this weekend.
His high school playing career might be over, but his accomplishments have earned him the distinction of being a U.S. Army All-American. He received his honorary jersey Tuesday when the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
The Army Bowl is Jan. 7 in San Antonio.
Dobbins showed off his athletic ability at The Opening Final in Oregon in July when he posted a composite score of 146.76 to capture the title of the Nike+ Football Rating champion aka the “Top Athlete.” He ran the 40 in 4.45 seconds, completed the cone drill in 4.09 seconds, jumped 43.1 inches and threw the medicine ball 42 feet, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
Dobbins ran for more than 2,200 yards and had 35 touchdowns in 11 games as a junior. He needed 2,010 yards to become the Austin area’s leading career rusher.
Ohio State remained committed to Dobbins and he said he is getting high praise from coach Urban Meyer, who compared him to former Buckeyes star Ezekiel Elliot.
“Coach Meyer said I was better than Zeke when he was my age,” Dobbins told the Austin American Statesman.
Dobbins was asked if he intends to be the next Elliott.
“No,” he said. “I’m going to be the first JK Dobbins.”