Hobbi plans on taking trip to Rocky Top

It's no secret that the Volunteers need some help on the offensive line. It appears the UT coaching staff is going nation wide on its search to add some extra beef on the line of scrimmage. Arizona's Cyrus Hobbi has 17 official offers, including four from the SEC. Go "Inside" to get the latest on his recruitment.

College coaches all over the country are turning their focus on the quiet desert town of Scottsdale Arizona and apparently not for winter vacations.

Saguaro High School's offensive lineman Cyrus Hobbi currently has 16 official offers, ranging from Alabama, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Arizona, Texas A&M and LSU.

Receiving an offer from Tennessee was something that Hobbi wasn't necessarily expecting.

"The old staff showed some interest but never offered," Hobbi told InsideTennessee.com. "My coach called and asked the new staff if they had any interest, they watched my film and apparently liked it a lot."

With the recent Tennessee offer Hobbi now holds four offers from the SEC, along with Alabama, LSU and Arkansas.

"It's a great conference," Hobbi said. "I never expected to get this must interest from one of the best conferences in the country."

The 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive lineman feels that his ability to play a lot of different positions has helped raise his stock.

"I have played every position on the line, they like my versatility," Hobbi said. "Every coach has said that they love my aggressiveness and how physical I play. I'm very athletic for a big guy."

Hobbi admits that he doesn't know a whole about football in the south, but does understand a little about the traditions of the Tennessee Volunteers.

"I know football is like a religion in the South," Hobbi said. "I want to take an official visit there to check out the game day atmosphere and see what all the fuss is all about. I know that a lot of great players have come out of that university and that excites me."

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