Few like to admit it, but there is absolutely a domino effect from time to time in recruiting. One offer comes, and then the next and then the next.
It’s not just the number of offers, but which schools all the sudden start taking interest. Not a lot of recruits admit it, but Fort Worth (Texas) Eastern Hills outside linebacker Byron Hobbs understands the game.
Hobbs, a Scout 300 prospect ranked No. 274, realized once Oklahoma State offered, things were going to change. Oklahoma would come into the picture. It did. Once the Sooners are there, Texas is going to notice. The Horns did. He gets it.
“The last couple of months have been really busy,” Hobbs said. “My schedule – it has definitely taken over from everything else. There is a lot going on.”
Hobbs was in Norman a few weeks ago for OU’s junior day. The Sooners made a great impression, and there’s no doubt the Sooners are in his top five and will be there until the end of the process.
“It was definitely a big visit for me because OU is so impressive,” Hobbs said. “They have a real good program with their coaches and players. Everything is very positive, and I’m getting a great relationship with all the coaches.”
Hobbs is listed at 6-foot-4, and it was hard to argue with that after watching him at The Opening regional in Frisco, Texas, last weekend. He’s not your hard-hitter in the middle of the defense, but he is long with a lot of length and a lot of room to grow into his body.
He said he’s looking forward to returning to OU during the spring, which could be a big thing for the Sooners because Hobbs isn’t looking to drag this process out.
“I want to make my choice before the summer,” he said. “I want to be able to know in the summer that I have the school I want and have the process done with.”
Hobbs kept mentioning about the positive things coming from the OU program, from the winning tradition to the facilities that are being completed. It’s a pivotal thing for him because he said he wants to know what he’s getting into.
One key way of doing that is by getting to know the coaches better, which is what he was able to do in Norman and by getting to know the players better. He want to build that bond and hear what the players say about the coaches.
So far, so good for OU with all of that. With fellow regional schools like TCU and Texas also in the mix, it will be a battle for the four-star prospect. But a battle the Sooners are most definitely in for the long haul.