‘Dogs Offer Camp Standout

Ian Bobak

Las Vegas (Calif.) Bishop Gorman camped at the Fresno State team this past weekend. The Gaels are loaded with Pac-10 bound prospects, including Scout.com's No. 1 rated TE in the nation. But one Gael, DT Ian Bobak, was looking to standout after missing last season with an injury. He did that and more. He impressed the Bulldog coaches enough to earn his first scholarship offer…

Unlike most of the teams that competed at the Fresno State team camp, Bishop Gorman did not have the luxury of practicing in pads days leading up to the camp. The layoff showed as the camp was a grueling four days and the Gaels looked winded at times. Last Friday night was their first day in pads since their 2008 season concluded. But for defensive tackle Ian Bobak (6-4, 250) it has been much longer. He missed his entire junior season with an injury.

"For me personally, it was easy because I had a lot of anger backed up," Bobak said of competing after the layoff. "I just had to show them who I was."

Bobak was one of the more consistent performers over the course of camp. He is undersized, but he plays with a mean streak. He fits the mold of the player Fresno State head coach Pat Hill loves to recruit.

"[Coach Hill] pulled me to the side and told me you're one of the nastiest players I've seen," said Bobak.

After the camp concluded, and he was off campus, Bobak called back to get the good news. "We're going to offer you a scholarship," Bobak said of his conversation with Coach Hill. "We don't normally do but we are going to offer you one in the mail.

"Everyone tells me the first [offer] is the hardest one. I definitely felt that missing my junior season. But after I got it, it's a big relief, especially from a top program like Fresno State. It's a big relief off my shoulders."

Bobak says he was content with his performance at the camp, but he admits he was surprised the Bulldogs offered him quickly without seeing any film.

"I feel I performed well," he said. "I've been training hard in the offseason. Going 110% going sideline to sideline, showing them I'm better than ever."

He played defensive tackle during the camp, but he can play on the outside. He has not discussed with the coaches what position Fresno State is recruiting him to play. Linebacker coach Tim Skipper visited Bobak a few weeks back during the spring evaluation period, so Bobak knew the Bulldogs were showing some interest going into team camp.

"I met Coach Skip and I guess he saw something special in me," said Bobak. "I talked to him a couple of times on phone but [the camp] was my first time in Fresno and meeting the whole staff."

The camp's rigorous schedule didn't allow Bobak to take a complete unofficial visit, but Coach Hill was able to give him a "mini" tour. "He actually drove me around in his golf cart for a little bit," said Bobak. "He showed me the stadium and asked me about my interests, just wanted to get to know me better. There's not a bad thing I can say about [Fresno State]. They're definitely one of my top schools right now."

Arizona, Nevada, and Washington are also showing interest. Bobak earned the top defensive lineman award at Arizona's camp recently. All the schools interested want to see his first few games of film before pulling the trigger, but he is hoping his performance – and film – at the Fresno State camp will lead to some more early offers.

Bobak also expresses some interest in hearing from schools on the East Coast. "I want to hear from UConn, that's my mom's alma mater," he added. "And maybe from schools in Virginia, but other than that I would like stay in the Pac-10 or the WAC.

"I'm not sure when I'm going to make a decision," said Bobak. "I'm going to make a decision when I'm comfortable. I think I'm going to take the whole recruiting process slow and take all my official visits. But you never know, if I feel comfortable, I may just decide next week. We'll see who throws their hat into the ring."

Bobak plans to camp at Washington and attend Nevada's senior day. He's seen Arizona, but he feels he may need another trip to Fresno to check out the campus with his parents. "My family is definitely going to be involved in my decision," he added.

He plans to major in business or business management. He reports a 2.85 core GPA, but he is taking summer school to improve it. He scored a 26 on his ACT.

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