In a class full of elite prospects, the nation’s No. 345 player doesn’t get much attention, but perhaps it’s time for that to change as it relates to Texas Longhorns commit Byron Hobbs:
So I'm 6'4 216lbs, just left the Doctor and they told me I have about 2 more inches to grow ♂️— UT Commit (@ByronVaughns) August 17, 2017
Currently listed at 204 pounds by 247Sports, Hobbs is quickly gaining good weight and could eventually go 6’6 and 260 pounds or so after he spends some time in the Texas strength and conditioning program.
Those measurements would stack up with star LSU pass rusher Arden Key as a 6’5, 230-pounder, though he was much more highly rated out of Georgia than Hobbs is right now.
However, that could change this fall, as Hobbs will have a chance to showcase his diverse skill set and increased strength on both sides of the ball.
As a junior, the Fort Worth Eastern Hills product burst onto the scene with 86 tackles, nine sacks, four forced fumbles, and an interception, in addition to five catches for 312 yards and three touchdowns. And it’s worth noting that he put up those stats in only six games.
During the spring, he was a standout at the Dallas The Opening Regional camp, posting a 34.4-inch vertical leap and a 4.3 shuttle.
With his length and change-of-direction ability, Hobbs can cover a great deal of ground in a short amount of time, then finish with his exceptional tackling radius. Plus, since he has verified 4.78 speed, his burst over 10-20 yards is also strong and should improve as he matures.
Hobbs may need some time to develop once he gets to Texas, but his remarkable frame and excellent athleticism for his size help him project as a potential difference maker at the hybrid B-backer position in Todd Orlando’s defense.
Not a bad thing considering that he’s the lowest-rated defender in the 2018 recruiting class.