2018 OLB Byron Hobbs (Gabe Brooks / SCOUT)

Several Schools Close to Home Stand Out to 4-Star Texas Linebacker Byron Hobbs

NEW ORLEANS -- Several schools within the region stand out for Byron Hobbs, a Scout 300 four-star outside linebacker from Fort Worth (Texas) Eastern Hills.

Byron Hobbs burst on the recruiting scene at the end of January, when he picked up the first two offers of his recruitment from Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

Now the Pokes and Sooners are among a hand full of programs standing out to the 6-foot-3, 207-pounder, who caught up with Scout at Sunday's The Opening New Orleans regional camp at Joe Brown Memorial Park in New Orleans East.

Hobbs, who owns double-digit offers, also said Texas and Texas A&M, two of his more recent offers, are schools in which he's interested.

"I'm definitely going back to Texas. I'm going to visit Texas again," Hobbs said. "I'm going to visit Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. They're definitely up there. I'm also going to visit Texas A&M.

"Coach (Todd) Orlando's recruiting me at Texas. They're looking at me as an outside linebacker. He said he needs to put some weight on me."

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Hobbs attended a recent Texas junior day and said he came away thoroughly impressed.

"I wasn't expecting Texas to be like that, and it was definitely a big deal to go to Texas," he said.

Hobbs said "everybody" recruits him at Oklahoma, including head coach Bob Stoops. The Sooners, like most, want Hobbs to gain weight and play a hybrid edge role that allows him to rush the passer. That role would allow Hobbs to use his outstanding wingspan, which helped him break up a couple of passes while dropping in coverage during Sunday's half-skeleton passing drills.

"(Oklahoma is) another big one," Hobbs said. "I like Oklahoma."

Oklahoma State was the first school to offer Hobbs, who said he will not forget that fact.

"Coach (Glenn) Spencer, he was the first one to drop me my first offer," Hobbs said. "It's definitely a big deal. And he's real humble."

Texas A&M will get a visit Tuesday from Hobbs. Like the Sooners, the Aggies have several coaches recruiting Hobbs, he said.

"I know they're putting Myles Garrett in the league in the first round," Hobbs said, "and I wanna see what that defense is talking about."

In addition to his offseason visits, Hobbs said he now can concentrate on bulking for his senior football season.

"Definitely getting bigger and getting faster because I haven't been in the weight room because of basketball and track," Hobbs noted as areas he's improving, "so just getting bigger and more physical."


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