Byron Hobbs, linebacker, Fort Worth Eastern Hills
FYI: 6-3.5/204; 3 stars; No. 351-ranked player in nation, per 247Sports Composite
Fabulous 55 ranking: 37
Committed: April 7
Scouting report: At nearly 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, Hobbs is a hybrid linebacker with position versatility. New Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando thrives with those types of athletes. He wants players who can be multiple and play against a variety of offensive looks.
Hobbs, who floated under most recruiting radars as a junior because of his team’s lack of success in Class 5A, recorded 86 tackles, nine sacks, forced four fumbles and notched an interception in 2016. He also scored a touchdown on three of the five catches he made as a junior.
He missed a decent portion of his senior season with a neck injury before returning to action in the final two weeks of the season.
Hobbs is a fast, explosive athlete with raw upside at either outside linebacker position. He’s already adept at rushing the passer off the edge and is more comfortable attacking downhill than playing in space at this state in his development.
He’s not a finished product and his best football is ahead of him. Hobbs showed the ability to cover running backs at both camps he’s attended this calendar year and never shied away from snaps despite not playing at a high-profile high school. Hobbs’ frame should allow him to add 30 pounds in a short time once he hits a college weight room.
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