A senior defensive tackle prospect from Eden Prairie, Minn., Mobley has come a long way from a sophomore year during which he was unsure if he would be academically eligible to play football in college. After devising a plan that would incorporate summer courses to help him pass admissions standards, the 6-2, 263-pound Mobley said things are going according to plan thus far for his senior season.
"I'm on top of everything right now," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "There's no worries anymore. I'm going to take the SAT and the ACT in October, I believe. I'm taking classes right now and I'm doing fine on my practice tests."
In addition to the pressure Mobley said he is placing on himself, the four-star prospect said he has a circle of people that includes his friends, family and coaching staff in place to help ensure that he keeps his grades up in the classroom.
In turn, that has helped him turn around his attitude about school.
"At practice back in sophomore year I would be during practice saying, ‘Oh, I don't want to go home and do all this homework,' " he said. "But now it's like, ‘I can't wait to be done so I can go finish this project.' Everything's just easier for me right now."
Two weeks into the season, Eden Prairie is 2-0 after two blowout victories. As a junior, Mobley earned first-team all-state honors after recording 74 tackles, 12 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
This season, Mobley said he is drawing more double teams from opponents that are freeing up his teammates to make plays.
"I'm the biggest lineman and I'll get doubles and the linebackers are free," he said. "Everyone just doubles in the past two games and the linebackers are just hitting the holes, hitting the ‘A' gaps and just dominating. It's a great feeling.
"I love it. When someone tries to chop me and I just put my hands down and they don't get it, I make them look like a fool. It's just fun. It's kind of like a fight, really. It's kind of crazy, but if I make a fight they'll be like, ‘Oh man, he just took those two dudes on.' It's fun."
Echoing Mobley's confidence, head coach Mike Grant said there are no concerns about Mobley's abilities.
"He's a very good athlete," the coach said. "He's got great quickness and great leverage. He can play really all four spots on the defensive line. We used him primarily on the inside of the line last year and he gave us great pass rush up the middle but was also a great run stopper. Just the typical Division I outstanding athlete."
While he continues to make progress on the field and in the classroom, Mobley admitted to placing the recruiting process on the backburner for now. He has no official visits scheduled – he is not sure how many he will even take – and he said nothing has changed for him since the summer.
That is likely good news for Ohio State fans, however: In mid-July, Mobley was listing the Buckeyes as his top school.
Wednesday night, Mobley spoke with OSU running backs coach Dick Tressel.
"He was just wondering how the season's going and he said he's been talking to my coach and everything," he said. "He was here recruiting some guys when I was younger and we just met then and he started recruiting me. They got my name right when sending the mail, so that's when I knew they were pretty interested in me."
As he tries to put it all together, Mobley said he is thankful he still has plenty of time to make a final decision.
"I will probably get back into it at the end of the season," he said. "If I had until next week I wouldn't know where to go, but National Signing Day isn't until February so I have a lot of time."