When is the last time that Arkansas State beat out Nebraska and Missouri for a top recruit in football.
The answer is probably never, that is until today.
Arkansas State and Gus Malzahn picked up a gem in their 2013 recruiting class when Texas quarterback Damion Hobbs decided that he was going to be a Red Wolf.
Hobbs, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound athlete from Cedar Hill, is rated as a three star signal caller by Scout.com and is ranked the No. 33 rated dual threat quarterback in the nation.
How does it feel to be a Red Wolf?
“It feels fantastic,” Hobbs told AStateNation Monday afternoon. “I’m about to be a part of something special.”
Hobbs also admitted that it was the relationships he has built with Malzahn and Offensive Coordinator Rhett Lashlee that was a difference maker for him. According to Hobbs, both coaches were extremely excited about the news.
“Coach Malzahn was extremely excited about the news,” Hobbs said. “He told me that he was ready for me to be a part of his family and the Arkansas State Family.”
Coach Lashlee was also elated according to Hobbs.
“Coach Lashlee told me that I made his day and it was a great day to be a Red Wolf,” Hobbs said. “He also told me that he was extremely excited that I was going to be a member of the ASU Family.”
Hobbs took visits to all three of his final three favorites, Arkansas State, Nebraska and Missouri. What was the difference for the Texas signal caller and why was today the day for the talented quarterback to pull the trigger?
“I felt like it was time,” Hobbs said. “I have been to all the other schools, I know what each has to offer and I truly feel that Arkansas State is best place for me.”
Hobbs admitted he was impressed on his first visit to Jonesboro.
“It was really nice,” Hobbs said. “I was surprised by how nice everything was.”
What is the main reason Arkansas State beat out the likes of Missouri and Nebraska?
“Arkansas State is a great place,” Hobbs said. “I felt different when I was there than I did at the other schools, I felt like I was at home. Other schools had the great facilities, they didn’t have Gus Malzahn.”
Fox Sports Next Midland Recruiting Manager Greg Power had this to say about Hobbs committing to Arkansas State.
"Malzahn seems to home in on quarterbacks who can present multiple looks and Hobbs is that type of guy," Powers said. "You have to respect more than one aspect of his game. He is also calm cool and poised with the ball in his hands. A quality often overlooked."
How big a get is this for Coach Malzahn and his coaching staff, beating out Nebraska and Missouri for Hobbs commitment?
Malzahn has always been a great recruiter," Powers added. "His ability to pull in a commitment from a highly rated student athlete like Hobbs just confirms what we already knew. Kids want to play for a coach that get them ready for the "Next Level" and Malzahn definitely has the proven track record, specifically with dual threat guy quarterbacks."
"Talent wise Hobbs could play for a number of programs across the country," Powers said. "It was a coup to pull him in fresh off of visits to Columbia and Lincoln. If Malzahn continues to recruit at this level, it will be bad news for the rest of their conference."