There are going to be many excellent players across the state of Ohio in 2003, but you won't find many better than Carrollton's Chad Hoobler. Hoobler (6-4 1/2, 221 lbs, 4.71) has been dominating for Carrollton, winning first-team All-Ohio honors in his sophomore and junior seasons at Division II and won the Eastern District Defensive Player of the Year as a junior. He racked up 216 total tackles (87 solo), 11 passes broken up, 2 INT, 12 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries. As a TE, he had 27 receptions, 412 yards, 5 TDs, and 2 conversions along with 37 pancake blocks in the Warriors pro I style offense.
Chad is an excellent athlete as he also plays basketball and will be competing in the shot, discus and 200 m in track this spring. He has a vertical jump of 35 inches and has benched 225 pounds 12 times along with parallel squatting 495 pounds six times. He has great explosion off the ball, and Duane Long says "He is as good of a blocking tight end as I have seen in Ohio in years and has good hands. He's very physical all the time and has great instincts."
Carrollton Head Coach Barry Goettemoeller knows he has a good one.
"He's a very special player," Coach Goettemoeller said. "He's a gifted athlete in terms of his physical abilities. He's also gifted in terms of his intelligence and his natural ability to have a sense for the game and a sense for the football. He's very coachable. He's very hard worker and very dedicated. You match those qualities with a kid who has all the ability in the world and all the tools to take it to the next level and beyond, and that gives you a special athlete."
What are some of the things Chad needs to work on from now until getting to the next level?
"Like everybody, you want to get bigger and you want to get stronger and you want to get faster," Coach Goettemoeller said. "He's no different than any other athlete that's hoping to play Division I college football. I think he's well balanced and well rounded enough that he could play either side of the ball depending on where he ends up. It's just a matter of getting it done in the weight room and the speed work and everything else. He's in the middle of basketball season right now and then goes to track season after that. He lifts every day."
Chad is versatile player, which makes him even more attractive as a recruit. He is being recruited by most schools as a tight end, but defensive end or linebacker is not out of the question.
"That's the thing that's nice about him as a recruit," Coach Goettemoeller said. "He can play D-End, he can play line backer, he can move inside, outside backer, tight end… wherever they want. He's going to do all that for us, I can tell you that."
No scholarship offers have come yet, but Chad is getting attention from some of the top schools across the country right now.
Chad agrees with the part about getting mail from everybody.
"The only places I haven't gotten letters from are the Florida schools," he said.
Being early in the process, Chad is still unsure of many things when it comes to recruiting, but some area schools have shown a lot of interest.
"I've talked to Walt Harris, from Ohio State I talked to Coach Tressel, and I talked to Jay (Paterno) from Penn State," Chad said.
Chad is high on Penn State and said they are probably the leader right now although he didn't know for sure. He will be camping there this summer as well as at Ohio State and Pittsburgh. He's not sure yet if he wants to stay close to home or not though. When asked what factors were important in his choice, he said "Getting my education, graduating classes, not so much about how far away it is, but maybe… I don't know yet."
Chad Hoobler has been making noise on the Ohio high school scene for quite some time now, but as far as his recruitment goes, things appear to be starting to heat up. In all likelihood, it will keep getting much hotter for this standout recruit. Keep an eye on him this year.