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Texas running back is 13th member of 2017 Ohio State recruiting class

By Tim May • Updated Mar 8, 2016 at 7:15 PM

J.K. Dobbins was likely to be the object of a recruiting war deep in the heart of Texas this year, but the speedy running back pulled a fast one: He committed to Ohio State.

"After much consideration and thought I want to announce that I've committed to The Ohio State," Dobbins tweeted, becoming the 13th member of the 2017 class.

From small LaGrange, halfway between Houston and Austin, the 5-foot-10, 200-pound Dobbins had offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Oklahoma, Houston and many other schools across the nation, including Notre Dame and Stanford.

But with assistant coaches Tim Beck and Tony Alford leading the Ohio State charge, he picked the Buckeyes even though he's yet to visit campus.

"More than anything what stands out to him about Ohio State is the chance to play for a national championship every year," LaGrange coach Matt Kates said.

Dobbins, the No. 4 all-purpose back nationally according to 247sports.com, is a running back foremost (2,741 yards rushing, 35 touchdowns in 2015), Kates said.

"If there is a better back in the nation, I'd like to see him," Kates said. "I know I'm partial to this young man, but he really does things that no one else in the nation can, I believe."

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