Tuesday, January 15, 2013
3-star QB talks Ducks, Tigers, Aggies
By Damon Sayles
After a successful trip to Utah State and a decommitment to start the week, Damion Hobbs (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill) might be looking at offers from two of college football’s biggest programs.
A three-star quarterback, Hobbs said he is exciting about an upcoming visit to Oregon. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound, dual-threat prospect originally was scheduled to visit Oregon the weekend of Jan. 25, but he said he’s looking to move the visit to this weekend.
“They said they’re bringing me up for visit, and they may offer then,” Hobbs said. “It’s a blessing just knowing a school like Oregon is interested.”
If Oregon offers, Hobbs said getting the chance to finally play on the same team as ESPN 150 running back Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) would be intriguing. Hobbs and Wilson have played on rival teams since middle school in several sports.
“I’ve known him for a long time,” Hobbs said of Wilson, “and it’ll be crazy being on the same team knowing he was a rival for so long. It would be a good experience. I think we could something really special out there.”
Hobbs decommitted from Arkansas State on Monday for a variety of reasons. In addition to exploring outside options, Hobbs also saw head coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee leave Arkansas State to take similar positions at Auburn.
While nothing is set, a potential offer for Hobbs at Auburn could be in the works as well. Hobbs has been in contact with Lashlee since he made the move to Auburn.
“We were real close,” Hobbs said of Lashlee. “I know [Malzahn and Lashlee] had to do what they had to do, and I felt like I had to move forward. [Arkansas State] is a great place, but I just felt like the right thing to do was to look at other options.”
Because discussions haven’t been completely serious, Hobbs said, Auburn is still considered a what-if possibility, something he’d consider if the offer was on the table. For now, he’s putting his focus on Oregon and Utah State, a program that has offered and left a lasting impression during his official visit over the weekend.
“I liked it a lot. It was real surprising,” he said. “They surprised me with their facilities. I knew they had a good football team, but as far as them moving forward with program, I think they can really do some things in the next couple of years.”