Tom Herman’s slow starting 2018 class just got a big boost. Texas only held one commitment, from wide receiver Justin Watkins, headed into today. As Friday wrapped up though, the Longhorns secured a huge commitment from one of the fastest rising prospects in the nation. That prospect is three-star Fort Worth outside linebacker Byron Hobbs.
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THE HOBBS FILE
|Name||Hometown||Position||Position Rank||Star Rating|
|Byron Hobbs||Fort Worth, TX||OLB||25||⭐⭐⭐|
Texas offered Hobbs back in February, and since then, his recruitment has absolutely blown up. Hobbs totes a very impressive offer list, that includes Baylor, Houston, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU and Ole Miss.
Don’t let his three-star ranking fool you, this s one of the best outside linebacker in the country, and a guy who will absolutely jump, likely into the top 100, after his senior season.
Texas shouldn’t have to worry too much about this commitment wavering, as, while teams may still attempt to pursue Hobbs, he cancelled a visit he was expected to take to Norman tomorrow, and has claimed that he’s shutting down his recruitment. To be fair, recruits frequently throw that claim around, and then decommit two months later, but I’m very confident that this commitment will stick. Call it an educated guess.
On the field, Texas is getting a special combination of size and athleticism at the linebacker position that’s rarely seen. The 6-foot-3.5, 205 pound Hobbs has some weight to put on before he’s ready for the bright lights of Big 12 football, but he’s got a great base to build on. He’s almost always one of the fastest players on the field, and while his pass rushing needs help, he makes up for it with excellent run support skills. He’s a very technically skilled tackler, though you shouldn’t expect a ton of huge hits. He should fit in very nicely with the athletic but raw Texas defense.