The Rhode Island Rams have received a letter of intent from safety Kelly Dobbins today as part of National Signing Day. His commitment was first announced via URI football’s official Twitter account.
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Dobbins heads to Rhody from Bridgton Academy in Bridgton, Maine after spending one season there. He attended high school at Putnam Vocational Tech. High School in Springfield, MA. It’s another prep school grab for Joe Trainer and the URI Rams.
Dobbins is another two-way player, excelling at both wide receiver and safety at Putnam, but he comes to the Rams as part of their defensive backfield overload that we’ve seen so far today. Dobbins had also received offers from Villanova, New Hampshire and Albany.
One thing to keep an eye on for Dobbins is that he is coming off a semi-recent ACL tear, which he suffered in the 2010 Western Mass. Division 2 Super Bowl. It gets a little more complicated, though. Dobbins was initially diagnosed with only a meniscus tear in his knee, and he played much of his 2011 senior season with a torn ACL as a result. Following his final game of the season, which was a Division 2 Super Bowl victory, Dobbins had surgery to repair his knee.
Injury aside, the Rams seem to be trying to accelerate the rebuilding process by bringing in Ju-Co players who already have experience beyond the high school level. If Dobbins can bring maturity to the table to go along with his hard hits and athletic ability, Rhody could start their turn-around sooner than expected.