Hoobler Open For Offense Or Defense At OSU

Carrollton, Ohio, product Chad Hoobler will be busy this summer, playing in a pair of all-star games before enrolling at Ohio State. Once he gets to OSU, the versatile Hoobler says he could be slotted at tight end or linebacker. Click here for more on his story.

One of the key names to remember from Ohio State's 2004 recruiting class is Chad Hoobler, who has been a three-year starter at tight end and linebacker at Carrollton, Ohio, and could play on either side of the ball for the Buckeyes.

"I don't really have a preference," Hoobler said. "Wherever I can get on the field first is fine. It doesn't really matter to me. I just try to be aggressive and physical. That‘s what I like."

The 6-3, 225-pound Hoobler said he is no hurry to start his college playing career. He will accept a redshirt year to grow and develop if the coaches want him to.

"I kind of want to redshirt right now, but it's up to them," he said. "Whatever is best is what's fine with me."

He missed one game as a senior due to a fractured fibula, but returned to action the next week and went on to earn first-team All-Ohio honors in Division II for the second straight year. As a junior, he caught 13 passes for 230 yards and 3 scores. He also had 101 tackles, 3 sacks and 10 tackles for a loss. In his sophomore year, Hoobler caught 27 passes for close to 500 yards.

"I tore some ligaments between my fibula and tibia and I had a high ankle sprain," Hoobler said. "The doctors said it couldn't get any worse, so I played.

"There was one game I missed, but I did go in for one play so they wouldn't score. I made a tackle for like a 5-yard loss, so they wouldn't score. Whatever it takes for my team to win. I'm not in it for myself."

Carrollton coach Barry Goettemoeller had high praise for Hoobler.

"He has the whole package," the coach said. "That's the thing that's great about Chad. The most important thing about Chad is that he knows how to finish, and that's very, very important. As he goes through his career, he'll learn how to get himself motivated every week, but the bottom line is that he knows how to finish, and that's important. That's the sign of a winner."

Hoobler was ranked as Ohio's sixth-best prospect by Ohio High. Rated as the nation's fourth-best tight end by SuperPrep and No. 19 nationally at the position by ESPN.com's Tom Lemming.

He boasts 4.7-second speed in the 40. He will play in the Ohio All-Star Classic June 19 at Columbus Crew Stadium. He will also play in the Big 33 Football Classic in July.

"This is a great opportunity," he said. "I am really excited to play with all of these guys, future teammates. Plus, it's neat to play with guys going to other schools."

Hoobler committed to OSU May 16, picking the Buckeyes over Penn State.

"Being from Ohio, I just had a gut feeling inside," said Hoobler, who holds a 2.7 GPA and scored a 19 on the ACT. "You just know when you know where you want to go. To know that‘s where I‘m going for sure now, that‘s exciting."

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