Dy'shawn Mobley is anxious to take the next step in his football career at the University of Kentucky.
The Powell High School running back/linebacker has at least one more game at his current level — the Panthers (13-0) play host to West (11-2) tonight in the Class 5A state semifinals — before embarking on his career with the Wildcats.
Mobley gave his verbal commitment to Kentucky on Monday. He plans to enroll for summer school and begin working out with teammates.
"I'm definitely excited to go up there," Mobley said Wednesday. "I'm wanting to get up there as soon as possible and get to know everybody and my teammates."
The 6-foot, 205-pound Mobley said Kentucky recruited him as a running back, and that combined with a chance for early playing time were among the reasons for his commitment.
"It's a great opportunity to be able to play in the SEC at Kentucky, and I wanted to get on the field as soon as possible," Mobley said.
Mobley said he also has scholarship offers from Toledo, Memphis, Western Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky, and Vanderbilt and Mississippi State were recruiting him heavily as a run
ning back but did not have scholarships available at the time. He said Tennessee recruited him some, but had not offered a scholarship.
Instead of playing the waiting game, Mobley committed to Kentucky.
"I'm not even worried about UT or any other school right now," Mobley said. "My focus is just on Kentucky."
Powell coach Matt Lowe doesn't see that changing.
"I think Dy'shawn is extremely happy with Kentucky, the coaching staff, and the situation he's put himself in," Lowe said.
Mobley has rushed for 2,625 yards and 41 touchdowns in 13 games this season. He needs 384 yards to break the state's single-season rushing record of 3,008 yards set by Troy Fleming at Battle Ground Academy in 1998. Fleming played at UT.
Kentucky running backs coach Steve Pardue and offensive coordinator Randy Sanders recruited Mobley, who took unofficial visits this season to see the Wildcats play Louisville (Sept. 17) and Ole Miss (Nov. 5).
"I just liked the fan base up there," Mobley said. "I felt comfortable up there and the coaches welcomed me with open arms."
Dave Link is a freelance contributor.