Give new DL coach Jeffrey Phelps the assist for new WSU verbal

NEW WSU DEFENSIVE LINE coach Jeffrey Phelps is wasting zero time in making his presence felt. This weekend, the Cougars added a new member to the 2017 class in defensive end Dallas Hobbs, and the newest commit said Phelps truly made the difference.

Phelps was hired by WSU on Friday as the team's new d-line coach. Saturday night, he helped the Cougars land their latest recruit.

Talk about a good start at your new job.

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CF.C readers read earlier about former UConn commit Hobbs flipping his verbal to WSU. As it turns out, he actually pledged to the Cougars during dinner on Saturday night and he said his conversations with Phelps made his decision an easy one.

"I really enjoyed the campus, but meeting with the new defensive line coach (Phelps) was great," Hobbs said. "We just talked a lot about technique and how passionate he is about the game. I really liked what he and the rest of the coaching staff had to say. It was a great trip."

Checking in at 6-5, 240-pounds, Hobbs, arriving to WSU this summer, will line up at defensive end once he begins practicing with the Cougars next season. And Phelps made it clear they'll have a blast getting to work once they join forces.

"He told me that he's going to focus on his players," Hobbs said. "He said that practice will be huge, so that once you're in a game, you're ready to go and won't have to worry about anything. You've got to be quick and play with speed. That's what the defense is all about. That's their style."

A 2016 high school graduate, Hobbs played one season of prep school ball this fall in Massachusetts. Originally out of Iowa, Hobbs went the prep school route to try and gain interest from Division-I schools. 

He clearly was able to get the job done, landing offers from WSU, UConn, Army, Toledo and others. He'll be suiting up in crimson, though.

"I'm very excited about this," Hobbs said. "When I committed, the coaches were very excited and glad that I decided to join the family. We've just to keep this thing rolling."

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