It might be too little too late for USC when it comes to DE Daevin Hobbs (6-4 250) of Concord, NC, but defensive line coach Jimmy Lindsey is taking a swing at him, nonetheless. The Gamecocks offered Hobbs in late April and have to make up ground in this case on the perceived frontrunner, North Carolina.
Hobbs said his offer came after a USC recruiter, whose name he could not recall, came through the school on an evaluation visit. The first time he ever talked to a USC coach was that day he got the offer.
“He liked my size, my build and height,” Hobbs said. “He couldn’t pass it up, so he offered me. It felt good, my second SEC offer. It’s like an hour away. I was pretty excited about it. I remember back in the day I used to watch Jadeveon Clowney play. I’d watch his highlights before my game. Before my games, I’d go on YouTube and watch hype videos, and I watched a lot of him.”
Hobbs said since receiving the offer he has been in touch with Lindsey, and they’ve talked about how he would be a fit as an edge rusher for his defense.
“They love how I can move for my size,” Hobbs said. “How fast I am, my quickness. And I can get in a stance or stand up.”
Last season Hobbs had 39 tackles with 20.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks. He also plays tight end/H-back on the offensive side. He’s also a basketball player who averaged nearly 15 points per game last season.
Other offers for Hobbs include North Carolina, Penn State, West Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, Marshall, Maryland, Tulane, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, Coastal Carolina, Appalachian State, East Carolina, UConn, North Carolina Central and James Madison.
Hobbs visited North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Wake Forest and Penn State in the spring. He has an official visit set with North Carolina for June 24th, and he also wants to take a visit to USC at some point.