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Vincent Hobbs still waiting for his chance

1/23/2012

AUSTIN, Texas -- Monday might not have been a good day for Texas recruiting, but it had to be a good one for Vincent Hobbs (Mesquite, Texas/Horn).

The three-star tight end is patiently waiting for an offer from Longhorns coaches after visiting Austin this weekend. He’ll find out whether he gets one or not on Wednesday.

“I’m not going to say I’m nervous, but I’m anxious,” Hobbs said. “I’ve got a good plan made up, but my plan is based on if Texas comes through or not.”

Luckily for him, several of the recruits in front of him in line for a spot in Texas’ 2012 recruiting class dropped out of the running Monday.

Receiver Daje Johnson (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson) has canceled his weekend trip to Austin and will remain committed to TCU. LSU commit Torshiro Davis (Shreveport, La./Woodlawn) is done with Texas, too.

Oklahoma pledge Daniel Brooks (Rockdale, Texas/Calhoun) isn’t interested, either. And No. 1 overall prospect Mario Edwards Jr. (Denton, Texas/Ryan) declared on Twitter he’s officially sticking with Florida State.

Where does Hobbs fit into a suddenly trimmed-down Texas wish list? He’d sure like to know.

“Mack Brown told me they needed a tight end and I was their guy, and if the numbers were right they’d give it to me on the spot,” Hobbs said.

Unless Texas coaches find new recruits to pursue in the coming days, it appears those numbers are now in Hobbs’ favor. He knows that Texas continues to recruit top-ranked wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo./Hillcrest), and he said Brown admitted that during the visit.

But Texas coaches did not tell him they are now pursuing Tennessee commit Dalton Santos (Van, Texas/Van). He didn’t know Santos was in the picture until his touted teammate, Texas A&M cornerback commit De’Vante Harris, told him on Monday.

Despite the fact so many UT targets officially turned down offers, Longhorns coaches did not call Hobbs on Monday. He and Mesquite Horn coach Rodney Webb are expecting a call from Texas assistant coach Bruce Chambers on Wednesday.

Hobbs is ready to give Chambers his verbal commitment if that offer does come. He loved his visit this weekend and can see himself thriving in Austin.

“I could really see myself going there, not only for the athletics but the student life and the night life too,” Hobbs said. “I could really see myself living there and being successful.”

And what if Texas turns him down? Hobbs feels he has options. He’d likely commit to Memphis, though he does still plan on taking a visit to Colorado if his UT plans don’t pan out.

“Memphis is just like home, just like Dallas,” he said. “It’s seven hours away but I can still go home when I need to. Their players are just like me -- I think they have five guys from Dallas down there right now. I feel at home when I go down there, and the players are real laid back.”

Though there was talk he could cancel the Colorado trip, Webb said Hobbs is trying to keep his options open as long as he can. If Texas doesn't want him, he'll have no trouble choosing a school that does.

And if he can become a Longhorn, Hobbs admits he likes his chances of making an impact. He's already put 240 pounds on his 6-foot-3 frame and believes he could get on the field in his first season with a bit of hard work.

But first, he'd just like an opportunity.