Saturday, January 19, 2013
Texas three-star QB Hobbs commits
By Damon Sayles
Three-star quarterback Damion Hobbs (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill) has watched his recruiting process go through its own roller-coaster ride. That ride came to a conclusion Saturday afternoon.
Hobbs confirmed he has verbally committed to Utah State. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound, dual-threat quarterback visited Utah State last week and saw enough to not only become the Aggies’ 14th commit but also the program’s top-ranked commit of the 2013 recruiting class.
Hobbs was recruited by Matt Wells, who was promoted last month from offensive coordinator to head coach. Younger brother Luke Wells, who joined the team earlier this month after four seasons at Iowa State, also played a role in Hobbs’ recruitment.
“From the facilities to the coaching staff, the academics and the players, USU is an all-around program that I want to be a part of,” Hobbs said. “And, the fans are crazy.”
Hobbs originally committed to Arkansas State in June, but he decommitted to not only explore other options but also because of the departure of head coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, who left the program to take similar positions at Auburn.
Hobbs confirmed on Wednesday that he had a visit scheduled to Oregon for the weekend of Jan. 25. He was looking to switch the visit to this week, but plans became slightly altered after finding out on Thursday that Oregon’s Chip Kelly was leaving to take over as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
On Saturday, Hobbs ended all discussion with where he’d end up, and he’s looking forward to competing for playing time early. Hobbs led Cedar Hill to the Texas Class 5A Division II state championship game, throwing for 2,769 yards and 29 touchdowns and rushing for 808 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior.
“Compete,” Hobbs said. “That’s all they want me to do.”