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Hobbi hearing from even more schools

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Big things continue to happen for Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro offensive lineman Cyrus Hobbi, who has picked up an official offer from Oklahoma and is hearing much more from Southern Cal, one of his favorite schools growing up.
Recruiting could not be going much better for Hobbi, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound tackle who said he will probably significantly narrow his list by the start of summer. He could trim it to five schools but the way things are going that might be tough. There is still a long list of high-profile teams to consider which now includes the Sooners.
"It was kind of unexpected," Hobbi said of the Oklahoma offer. "That's a pretty big offer to have, a good offer to have. They always produce big linemen and they've always been a good program. That's one of the schools like them, Alabama and Tennessee that I'd like to check out in the south.
"I don't know too much about them but I know they're all really great programs every year. I'll get to know them more."
Southern Cal linebackers coach Joe Barry has been in close contact and Hobbi said what he's been told is that although an official offer has not arrived that he should consider himself offered. That could be big for the Trojans since Hobbi said they have always been one of his favorite teams.
"They said they were going to offer me but I don't know if it's officially or not," Hobbi said. "Coach Barry said that they're treating me like I have an offer.
"USC has always been one of my favorite schools. When coach asked which schools do you like USC was always one of the first ones I said so that's a huge offer. I think I have one so I'm going to play it off like I do. That's another cool school. I plan on visiting unofficially over the summer."
Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Tennessee, UCLA and Washington have also offered Hobbi, who plans to take a lot of unofficial visits this summer.
It's doubtful that the Saguaro standout will participate in any camps so he's going to use all his free time to take trips. The plan is to start in Washington, go to Oregon and then see Cal, UCLA and USC. There could also be trips to Alabama, Oklahoma and Tennessee and it's being considered to stop by Michigan and Notre Dame, too. Nothing is official yet though.
A busy summer is ahead as Hobbi works to cut his list. By the summer, he should have a much better idea of which schools stand out most. Hobbi still plans to take some official visits this fall before reaching a decision.
"I won't get to all of those places but I'll get to as many as I can this summer," Hobbi said. "I'll probably narrow it down to five before the summer. It might be a little bit more than five. It could be either way."
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