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Byron Hobbs wasn’t the first Texas commitment of the 2018 cycle. But the Fort Worth Eastern Hills standout is the program’s longest-standing pledge of the class following a de-commitment from wide receiver Justin Watkins in June. Hobbs is an outside linebacker with three star-status who ranks No. 37 on the updated Fabulous 55.
— UT Commit 🤘 (@ByronVaughns) April 8, 2017
Hobbs is one of Texas’ 17 pledges for a class that’s ranked No. 2 in the country, trailing only Ohio State. Hobbs committed on April 7. The 6-3, 205-pound prospect ranks as the No. 24 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 342-ranked overall prospect in the nation, per 247Sports’ composite.
He recently joined me on the phone to answer 10 questions.
At what age did you fall in love with football?
At four when I was playing flag football. If you pulled my flag, we had to fight.
What made Texas your choice?
Texas made me feel at home. I loved the atmosphere at Texas and it isn’t too far from home. And who doesn’t want to play for Tom Herman?
What are your goals as a senior?
I want to be a leader for my team and help carry us to the playoffs for the first time in years.
What was most important to you as a recruit?
The loyalty from the coaches and the coach’s record, as well if the school could help me be successful after I graduate and football is over.
What were your initial thoughts of Tom Herman?
Off the rip, he has a grill and I don’t know of another coach with a grill.
— UT Commit 🤘 (@ByronVaughns) June 3, 2017
Where do you see yourself playing at Texas?
My position will be Rover linebacker, where Malik Jefferson plays right now.
What artist would you most like to see live?
“Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.”
Favorite athlete of all-time?
Favorite sport to watch other than football?
Track. I could watch track all day.
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