Hobbi waiting for more offers

Arizona State wasted no time when recruiting offensive lineman Cyrus Hobbi, and gave the Scottsdale Saguaro standout a written offer as early as NCAA regulations would allow. With several Pac-10 and BCS conference schools inquiring about his services, and his junior film becoming available just recently Hobbi told Devils Digest he expects his recruiting activity to pick up.

The 6-3 285 Cyrus Hobbi is naturally familiar with the hometown Sun Devils, not only by unofficially visiting them a few times, but also having four former Sabercat teammates on the ASU squad.

"I obviously won't mind playing again with Corey (Adams), Kody (Kobensky), Max (Smith) and Jordan (McDonald)," admitted Hobbi. "I like Arizona State because it's close to home and if I played there my family would get to see me. I really like Coach (Gregg) Smith and I got to meet him and Coach Erickson a few times and they are really cool guys.

"I like ASU a lot. They have a great program, great weight room…I know they have a new offensive coordinator so things are going to change there. It doesn't matter to me what kind of offense they run because I like to learn new things anyway."

Hobbi mentioned that schools have been waiting on his junior season film which has been sent out last week to several schools. Consequently, the lineman is expecting to receive additional offers in the upcoming weeks.

"Coach Brennan Carroll (Pete Carroll's son) from USC told my head coach that he really liked my film," Hobbi stated, "and that he was going to show Coach Kiffin my film and they will perhaps offer me. UCLA has been talking to me a lot and Kody Innes who I played with at Saguaro already signed there. Oregon, Washington and Nebraska have been talking to me too.

"So all those schools, Nebraska and ASU are the ones I like the most so far."

Hobbi plays offensive tackle for the Sabercats, but is projected at guard at the college level. "I also play defensive tackle so I'm going to send that film out too," commented Hobbi. "Maybe towards the end of my season if I grow taller schools might recruit me on defense. It doesn't matter to me what position schools recruit me. I will play wherever the coach wants me to because I can adapt to any position.

"I'm looking to add a little more weight, but definitely not add bad weight. I'm looking to add about ten pounds of muscle. Last year I added a bunch of weight really fast and I wasn't as quick as I used to be. So now I'm working more on improving my speed."

Hobbi reported weight room marks of 405 lbs. benching, 500 lbs. squatting and a power clean score of 275 lbs. He was named to the Arizona Republic's all-4A team on offense, as well as to the all-region team both as an offensive and defensive lineman.

An injury to Corey Adams, who then played both offensive tackle as well as defensive tackle, elevated Hobbi to the starting lineup and as a sophomore and played offensive tackle for the Sabercats who captured the 2008 4A-I state championship.

"Even when Corey came back the coaches thought I was good enough to stay on as a starter," stated Hobbi. "I even played a little on varsity as a freshman and playing young, even though sometimes I got the crap kicked out of me, has really helped me. I'm a better player because I got to play against bigger, older and more talented players and when you do that you have to be fearless."

Last season was disappointing campaign for Saguaro who finished 10-3, yet Hobbi believes that the 2009 season could pay dividends this fall.

"We lost a lot of seniors to D-I programs," said Hobbi of last season. "We had just three returning players who were seniors and a bunch of juniors and sophomores, and a lot of them never played varsity before. So we had a little bit of lack of leadership and it was a learning experience for a lot of us. We don't want to call it a rebuilding year, but I think it was. We weren't picked anywhere close to repeating as champions and we made it all the way to the semi-finals.

"For what we had last year we did very well. This year we are going to be awesome because we have a lot of starters returning, and a lot better leadership this year. We definitely have some unfinished business to take care of. I was the only junior to be voted captain and I look to improve as a leader my senior year".

Hobbi said that he plans to attend ASU's Junior day in April and team camp in June. "I was supposed to go to USC's camp last year and wasn't able to," said Hobbi, "and I want to go this year. I'm probably going to check out UCLA. I don't have my schedule of what programs I'm going to (unofficially) visit but I expect to be pretty busy the next few months. I just have to talk to my coaches and figure it all out.

The lineman acknowledged that he doesn't anticipate making a decision in the near future and that he would like to stay on the west coast. Nonetheless, both his timetable and possible destination could possibly change.

"There are pros and cons for deciding before your senior year," remarked Hobbi. "For me it depends a lot on which offers I get. If I get a lot of offers early, I could commit early. But right now I plan (verbaling) during or after my senior year.

"Academics are something very important I look for in a school, and are something I'm trying to work on myself. You obviously have to plan for your future after college football is over. Environment wise I probably want to stay on the west coast, probably in a nice cool beach town. I have to see if I want to play or redshirt my freshman year and that will also play a factor in my decision."

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