After rushing for 1,329 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore, Powell (Tenn.) High School's Dyshawn Mobley was anxiously ready for his junior season and was poised to put up even better numbers. Yet an ankle injury kept Mobley from reaching that goal.
Despite missing five games last fall, the 6-foot and 215-pound running back still managed to collect 1,047 yards on the ground. Now healthy and making solid camp showings, Mobley is just thankful to be back on the gridiron again.
Earlier this month, Mobley earned all-camp honors at MSU via Bulldog Blitz. He has also camped at Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, Toledo and Middle Tennessee State.
"I've just been blessed with great opportunities to perform at these camps after being hurt last year," said Mobley. "I feel if I had played the whole season last year then I would have more offer now. It feels great to be healthy and I've been working out and training every day since my junior season ended.
"I am working a lot on my footwork and my speed, and I have seen some results. I ran a 4.52 at Mississippi State and also a 4.52 at Kentucky. Every day I am at our training facilities and I am so ready for my senior season."
Mobley's last camp stop was in the Bluegrass State and he left a good impression on the Kentucky coaching staff.
"I went to Kentucky's camp and I think they are close to offering me now," said Mobley. "That was probably my best camp performance so far. I have an offer from Toledo and it was great to get that offer and get my first offer. And I feel that Kentucky and Mississippi State are pretty close to offering."
And concerning the Bulldogs, Mobley said he is planning to make a return trip to Starkville next month along with other camp stops.
"I've been talking to Mississippi State a good bit and talking with them on facebook nearly every day," said Mobley. "So things are going good with them. They want me back for their Big Dawg Camp on the 22nd and I also plan to go to Tennessee on July 18th.
"All of the schools I have camped at want me back for their July camps but I know I can't make all of them. So I am going to Mississippi State, Tennessee and probably Kentucky, too."
Mobley added that an offer from MSU could also help ease his worries a bit in the recruiting game.
"Mississippi State told me I was pretty high on their recruiting board," said Mobley. "They said I was behind the Brian Kimbrow from Memphis and that if he didn't pick them, then I may get an offer. And that is why they want to see me again at their camp and I am definitely looking forward to that.
"It would definitely be great if they offered, too. Then I wouldn't have to offer about anything else and not have to worry about getting an SEC offer. I am not picky but the SEC is where I want to play. I want to be in the best conference in the country, for sure."