AUSTIN — He knew where he wanted to go and didn’t want to waste anytime.
FW Eastern Hills LB Byron Hobbs committed to Texas tonight. One of the top LBs in-state for 2018 fell in love with the Horns during the Junior Day Weekend in February.
“I couldn’t wait any longer,” Hobbs told our Eric Nahlin. He was scheduled to visit Oklahoma tomorrow. That won’t happen now.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound 4-star held offers from Texas A&M, OU, LSU, and TCU among others.
Coach says: A linebacker part timing as a wide receiver? Interesting combination, but it speaks to Hobbs’ athleticism. He’s tall, long, and rangy with the capability of playing in space, which translates well if he ends up in the Big 12. He’s currently a little light in the britches, so obviously projecting where his body goes development wise will he important when projecting him. He’s a guy I would like to see in person to get a better feel for.
How he fits at Texas: Hobbs is another outside-backer fulfilling Coach V’s observation that the most disruptive athletes these days are being taught to play on the edge rather than filling from inside. Unlike Gainer or many others though, I think Hobbs will end up at 6-3, 240 or so and stay outside in the B-backer position. He’s very fluid and has potential there both in coverage or coming off the edge. Right now he’s at his best closing in space but he’s a long ways from his eventual destination as a college player at 205 right now. – IB
Hobbs is the 2nd commitment for UT’s Class of 2018, joining 4-star ATH Justin Watkins (Florida).