Byron Hobbs is the epitome of the Oklahoma State prospect that the Cowboys find and offer and then all of a sudden here come all kinds of schools out of the woodwork offering scholarships. The 6-3 1/2, 204 pound linebacker prospect from Fort Worth Eastern Hills was camouflaged by a team that finished 4-6 and 2-5 in district play and out of the playoffs. He can play, really play, and he is an excellent athlete. At Sunday's Nike The Opening Regional at The Ford Center at The Star, Hobbs ran a 4.78 forty, had a 4.3 on the 5-10-5 shuttle, and 34.4 vertical jump.
Hobbs said Oklahoma State is special to him as they were first offering on Jan. 28 after Hobbs attended Junior Day on the OSU campus. He was with his parents and happened to sit behind my wife and I at the basketball game that day with Texas. Hobbs and his parents were into the game and into discussing Oklahoma State.
"They were the first to see who I was and to offer me a scholarship and that makes them special," Hobbs said.
Since that offer Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Iowa State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Mississippi, North Texas, and SMU have followed.
This is a recruiting battle you know that Mike Gundy and the Cowboys would really like to win. Last season, Hobbs had 86 tackles, six sacks, four fumbles caused, and an interception. He was good enough to put in duty on the offense side as a jumbo receiver and caught five passes for 312-yards and three touchdowns.