Injury Not a Concern with Top OL

Corey Hobbs, a lineman prospect from Florida, had a short season, but that didn't hurt recruiting.

A broken leg and a shortened season didn't diminish interest among major football colleges in Corey Hobbs (6-5, 310, 5.2) defensive tackle prospect from Ovideo, Florida.

Hobbs sustained the broken leg in the fourth game of the season, but, despite the injury, he has received scholarship offers from USC, Florida, LSU, Nebraska, Georgia, Stanford, Duke, Rutgers and Georgia Tech.

" I got those offers after only a partial season," Hobbs said "Those offers make me want to work harder, get in better shape and show everyone what I can do during as full season. I probably won't attend any camps this summer and concentrate on spring football. I want to train this summer and be prepared for the 2005 football season."

Hobbs would like to lower his weight to 300 pounds, improve his foot speed, strength, lateral speed, his quickness off the ball and become a monster defensive tackle.

"I want to be the big guy in the middle and be able to blow up the interior offensive line," Hobbs said. I love to break off the line and get after the ball. I get a huge release when I'm on the football field. I just go out there, zone everything out and just get after people."

The University of Florida has a slight lead over the other schools that have offered, but, according to Hobbs, his interest in the Trojans was elevated from moderate to high after receiving a scholarship offer from Pete Carroll. The USC coach requested game tape from Hobbs.

"They've always been one of my favorite teams and the University of Florida is close to home," Hobbs said "Location is important to me, but if a place fits me, that's where I will go. I'll have to decide if I want to stay on the East Coast. I doubt I'll go to school where it's cold."

Hobbs is a high-energy, intense and aggressive football player who shared with us the type of defensive schemes he likes.

"I'm looking to play in an aggressive go-at-you defense," said Hobbs. "I like a defense with lots of blitzes, which shifts a lot and readily adapts to different situations."

Hobbs is being recruited by most teams as a defensive tackle and a few for the offensive line.

"I prefer to play defensive tackle, but a few coaches are recruiting me as a right-guard too," Hobbs said. "I really don't care if I end up playing on offense as long as I get to play."

Note: Hobbs has earned first-team all-conference, all-county and all-district honors as a sophomore and junior.

The Devils Den Top Stories