Cedar Hill (Texas) dual-threat quarterback Damion Hobbs hails from one of the top programs in the Lone Star State and saw his offer list take off over the offseason.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound standout picked up offers from the likes of Missouri, Nebraska and Wake Forest. However, on Monday he committed to a somewhat surprising school.
"I committed to Arkansas State today," Hobbs said on Monday afternoon. "I called them up and told them I wanted to go there. They were excited."
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New Red Wolf head coach Gus Malzahn has generated a lot of buzz around the program and his presence was a major factor in Hobbs' decision.
"I really like coach Malzahn and the offense there," he said. "He's going to have them as a force here. He's had some great offenses everywhere he's been and I really want to be a part of that."
Hobbs knows his decision was not what many expected but he sees a chance to help Arkansas State become a power.
"I really do think that's the next school to make a ton of noise," he said. "I really just want to be part of something special and I see that happening there. Coach Malzahn could have gone almost anywhere and he chose Arkansas State."
As a junior Hobbs passed for 997 yards and eight touchdowns with only one interception. He also rushed for another 875 yards and 11 scores. He is ranked as the No. 24 dual-threat quarterback in the country and the No. 98 overall prospect in the state of Texas.