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Reports: Damion Hobbs decommits from Utah State to accept Oregon offer

Published January 31, 2013 10:22 am
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It was only a week and a half, but Damion Hobbs has moved on from Utah State.

Several media outlets reported Wednesday night that the Aggies football recruit had decommitted to take an offer from Pac-12 powerhouse Oregon. The news is disappointing, but not necessarily crippling, to the program.

The Aggies were fired up about the 6-foot-3 Texas quarterback, one who had led his Cedar Hill team to the 5A championship with his arm and his legs. But Hobbs, according to ESPN, fell in love with Oregon on an official visit after committing to USU the week before. The Ducks threw out an offer last weekend, then visited him at home Wednesday to seal the deal.

"Thinking about it, it's great," Hobbs said. "Seeing the success of their past couple quarterbacks, and then when you look at guys like Andrew Luck at Stanford, the quarterback breed in the Pac-12 is really good. I'm looking to continue that."

The Dallas Morning News talked to Hobbs and his high school coach, and learned that Hobbs had some concern about being left out in the cold in the recruiting process:

Hobbs took a visit to Utah State with the understanding that Oregon wanted him to visit. But McGuire said there wasn't any assurance that Oregon would offer - leaving Hobbs no real option but pledge to the Aggies knowing that his second decommitment could be just around the corner.

"He really struggled with it," McGuire said. "Coming into the last few weeks of recruiting, he didn't want to get left out in the cold. But he hated [decommitting from Utah State]."

It's a blow to a program that thought it had found a potential replacement for Chuckie Keeton. Hobbs' athleticism and ability was definitely enticing to Utah State.

Still, the cupboard is hardly bare at the quarterback position for the Aggies. Keeton has two more seasons ahead, and there's plenty of depth on the current roster behind him.

Darrell Garretson, a passer from Chandler High (Ariz.), committed two weeks ago, switching his loyalty from San Jose State. A three-star recruit on Rivals, Garretson passed for 3,065 yards, 27 touchdowns and only six interceptions.

Garretson has been labeled as more of a pro-style quarterback, but said at the time of his commitment he was excited about working in Utah State's scheme.

"There's always multiple options in that offense," Garretson said to the Tribune. "They kind of put the ball in the QB's hands and let him do his thing."

National signing day is next week. The Tribune will have more info about Utah State's recruiting class leading up to Feb. 6.

— Kyle Goonkgoon@sltrib.comTwitter: @kylegoon




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