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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Texas 3-star QB chooses the Ducks

By Damon Sayles

Recruiting wise, three-star quarterback Damion Hobbs (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill) thought long and hard about where he was and where he could be. Wednesday night, Hobbs decided the Pac-12 was his future.

Hobbs, the former Utah State commitment, gave his verbal pledge to Oregon and head coach Mark Helfrich. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound quarterback visited Oregon over the weekend and left Eugene, Ore., knowing he wanted to play in the Pac-12 for one of college football’s most consistent programs in recent years. His feelings were confirmed during a Wednesday-evening in-home visit.

“Oregon’s a great place, man. They fit me, and I fit them,” Hobbs said. “It was hard. Those [Oregon and Utah State] are two great schools, but I liked Oregon a lot.”

Hobbs had the chance to interact with the new Oregon head coach and offensive coordinator Scott Frost during his visit. The idea of playing for a program with such an explosive offensive was too good for Hobbs to pass up.

“They make playing defenses simple,” Hobbs said of the Ducks. “They give you an opportunity as a quarterback to really not have to think so much. You know where the defense is going to be. It makes your job simple in allowing you to get the ball to your playmakers.”

Hobbs, the No. 48 pocket passer nationally, threw for 2,769 yards and 29 touchdowns and also rushed for 808 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior, leading Cedar Hill to the Texas Class 5A Division II state championship game. Hobbs said the idea of playing for Oregon hasn’t sunk in all the way, but he’s ready to join the team.

“Thinking about it, it’s great,” he said. “Seeing the success of their past couple quarterbacks, and then when you look at guys like Andrew Luck at Stanford, the quarterback breed in the Pac-12 is really good. I’m looking to continue that.”