Damion Hobbs switched from wide receiver to quarterback before his junior season at Cedar Hill (Texas) High School. He took over as the starting QB four games into that season. Now, he has Nebraska in his top three schools as he gets ready to make a decision.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder visited NU last week. Went to Missouri on Friday. And he’s already been to Arkansas State, his third finalist, where Gus Malzahn just took over. He’ll make a decision soon, and it could be Nebraska. Missouri already has a QB commit – Kansas City Staley star Trent Hosick — for next year. Arkansas State appears to be the more likely co-finalist. Malzahn has a lot to pitch, of course, given that he helped turn Cam Newton into a Heisman Trophy winner. (Although Newton did most of that himself).
How did Husker offensive coordinator Tim Beck find the kid? Hobbs’ high school coach at Cedar Hill, Joey McGuire, is a friend of of Beck’s.
“Once coach Beck saw him in person he started to get intrigued,” McGuire told Huskers Illustrated. “He’s a very physically gifted high school athlete. You start watching him and then you see where he fits in the game.”
McGuire said Hobbs is the best quarterback he’s had run the zone read play.
Can he throw? McGuire says yes. Especially after a loss to Southlake Carroll in the playoffs. Hobbs has spent much of his spring working on his passing.
“I’ve had coaches all around the United States saying that he looks like an entirely different kid throwing the football,” McGuire said. “I even had one coach say he is most improved guy. The coach came on the first day and the last day of spring ball and he was amazed at the strides he has made in the throwing the football.”
Hobbs said Cedar Hill opponents “aren’t going to expect it because of what we did last year on the ground. I’m not saying we’re going to go away from it, because we run the ball pretty damn well, but throwing the ball, we’re going to be good.”