Monday, January 28, 2013
Utah State QB commit gets Oregon offer
By Damon Sayles
With one offer, Damion Hobbs (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill) now has some things to think about.
Damion Hobbs (11) scored 41 touchdowns in leading Cedar Hill to a state title.
The three-star quarterback and recent Utah State commit took an official visit over the weekend to Oregon and left Eugene, Ore., with a heightened level of respect for the program. More importantly, he left with an offer, his 12th, and arguably his biggest.
“It feels great,” said Hobbs, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound quarterback. “The campus was good; like, everything was close, 10 minutes apart. There is a lot of academic support with football, and the city is just a nice, college town with crazy fans that obviously love Oregon football a lot.”
Hobbs committed to Utah State on Jan. 19 after an official visit, choosing the Aggies after decommitting from Arkansas State to explore other options after head coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee left to take similar positions at Auburn. Hobbs thought about not taking the scheduled visit to Oregon after the departure of head coach Chip Kelly to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Hobbs, however, decided to make the visit, as his recruiting contact, then-offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, was named the head coach. Hobbs said he now has a big decision to make.
“It gets my mind jogging again,” Hobbs said of the Oregon offer. “But I’m going to talk it over with my mom and go from there.”
Whichever school lands Hobbs will get a player who led Cedar Hill to the Texas Class 5A Division II state championship game last month. For the year, Hobbs threw for 2,769 yards and 29 touchdowns and also rushed for 808 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Hobbs, while equally dangerous with his feet and his arm, is ranked No. 48 among pocket-passing quarterbacks.