The Utah State Aggies hosted quarterback recruit Damion Hobbs over the past weekend, a possible option for the team heading forward at the game’s most important position. Hobbs is coming off a stellar senior season at Cedar Hill High School in Cedar Hill, Texas, in which he threw for nearly 2,800 yards, 29 touchdowns and only eight interceptions while also adding a little over 800 rushing yards and 12 more scores on the ground.
I had the pleasure of watching the 6-foot-3, 225-pound star in the Texas High School Football Class 5A Division II State Championship game against Katy High School. Although Katy won the game behind five touchdowns from Nebraska running back recruit Adam Taylor, Hobbs impressed the Big 12 and Big Sky scouts in attendance, one of which was sitting right behind me.
Hobbs’ offense got off to a very rough start in the contest, quickly falling behind after several three-and-outs. However, Hobbs rallied in the second half, firing two touchdown passes and adding two more on the ground to actually give Cedar Hill the lead on a bum ankle he suffered at the end of the first half.
He literally limped in on a 17-yard touchdown carry on fourth-and-one to bring him team back from an 11-point deficit against a much bigger and stronger Katy team. His resilience is what should have Utah State drooling. He’s got one heck of an arm and he knows when to use it. His first touchdown pass was threaded right between two defenders on a rope to a well-covered receiver. The comparison might seem lofty, but it reminded me of how Drew Brees often throws his receivers open, even if they’re covered.
Hobbs is still a little raw, which could actually be a good thing because his talent level is still unknown. One thing that is for sure is the fact Utah State will be getting a talented and resilient passer who knows what it takes to win.