Hobbs Talks Hurricane

Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Posted Feb 2, 2014
Randy Withers, Midlands Recruiting Analyst

Justin Hobbs knew it was right. After getting a closer look at the Tulsa program on an official visit last weekend, the Shawnee Mission (KS) West receiver believed it was a place he could reach his potential. Hobbs committed to the Hurricane soon thereafter, and is excited to sign his LOI next week. He talked with Scout.com about his decision…

Shawnee Mission (KS) West wide receiver Justin Hobbs knew when he visited the Golden Hurricane program, Tulsa was the place for him.

“I think they make it a place you can be very successful,” he said of Tulsa. “They have small class sizes, lots of academic support, great facilities, and a great coaching staff.”

The 6-foot-5, 195-pound senior committed to coach Bill Blankenship last Sunday after an official visit to Tulsa. Hobbs noted the mood around the staff and the program as a key to his decision.

“They really make you feel welcome,” Hobbs said of the Hurricane staff. “They care about your well being and academics as much as they care about your success in football.”

The Vikings receiver spent time with his Dan Bitson while on campus. Hobbs said his new position coach explained how Tulsa plans to use him in the Hurricane offense.

“I had a talk with Coach Bitson, and I'll be playing outside receiver,” Hobbs said, the excitement evident in his voice. “I like how crisp the routes that they run are. I was watching film with coach, and he knows how to teach his players to be smart.”

As a senior at Shawnee Mission West, Hobbs saw the football both through the air and on the ground. He had 21 receptions for 454 yards and four touchdowns, averaging nearly 22 yards per catch. He also carried the ball 20 times for 170 yards and three scores. His efforts garnered selection to the All-Sunflower League squad, as voted by opposing coaches.

“I can't wait to get after it. With the weight training, and the great coaching staff, I know they'll get me where I need to be. I’m really excited.”

Hobbs is looking for something of a new start at Tulsa. After helping the Vikings to the Kansas Class 6A State Championship in 2012, he looked forward to making a run at a second-straight title with longtime friend and two-way standout Andre Maloney. The Kansas commit was in the midst of his best season ever when he tragically passed away, suffering a stroke during a game in early October.

It was a loss no one could have imagined, and one the program never really recovered from.

“I will never forget my buddy Andre,” he said of his teammate. “I remember being depressed when I'd realize he wasn't there with me. I decided I would live and play for him just as he would do for me.”

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