RECRUITING: Corey Hobbs has Florida on top

Florida defensive tackle Corey Hobbs (6-5, 310, 5.2) says Florida leads slightly over LSU, USC, Nebraska and Stanford. He also says all have offered, as well as Duke, Akron, Rutgers and Georgia Tech (first to offer).

"Florida only has a slight lead over the other schools in my top five," says Corey Hobbs, from Oviedo High School. "I really want to weigh out all my options through this and not burn any bridges by committing to a school right away. I want to take all five of my official visits and see what's out there, but really I just want to enjoy this process.

"I was very impressed with Florida's program when I recently took in a JR Day there. I got to talk with coaches (Greg) Mattison (defensive line) and (Urban) Meyer. Coach Mattison is a really nice guy who knows what he's talking about. And coach Meyer seems real cool. He's got some good goals in mind for the program and a good plan. If the Gators end up living up to his expectations, they're going to go far," he says. They've got a great school environment and their facilities are amazing.

"I like LSU right now too. I've never been there, but I was at Florida's game when they played LSU about two years ago. The Gators got stomped that game. I was amazed with how many LSU fans showed up for an away game. They've got a great style of play and I really like their defense. I'm thinking of taking an official visit there when I can. I'd really like to see it.

"USC is one of those school I've never been to either. I'd just like to see the West Coast really. They're two-time defending national champions, and they've got a good football program. I'd like to find out more about them.

"All three of these schools have sent me written offers and I like how they all have great academics, especially their medical and political science programs.

Hobbs is undecided if he'll take in any more JR Days or combines. This summer he plans to camp at Florida, Georgia and LSU.

"I will be at Florida's scrimmage game on April 9, and LSU's scrimmage game too," he says.

"I've got some great tenacity and I never stop. And my lateral quickness has improved a great deal. I want to work on staying lower and getting off the ball a little faster. I could also work on my footwork some too."

Final JR (1-8) stats: 29 tackles/30 assists/9 TFL/5 hurries. All stats came in the last four games of the season due to a broken left foot Hobbs suffered before the season.

3.8 GPA/1150 SAT--May retest


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