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WSU football recruiting: DE Dallas Hobbs signs NLI

The Cougars’ newest defensive end was orginally a UConn commit.

NCAA Football: California at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Just barely a week after giving his verbal to Washington State, defensive end Dallas Hobbs has signed his national letter of intent with the Cougars.

Hobbs spent 2016 playing at Deerfield Academy, a prepartory school in Massachusetts but attended Cedar Rapid Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Originally committed to UConn, Hobbs’ flip to Washington State isn’t a big surprise considering former Huskies coach Bob Diaco was fired the day after Christmas. After losing former commits Aisa Kelemete (Boise State) and Joe Tryon (Washington), new d-line coach Jeff Phelps and defensive coordinator Alex Grinch made a lasting impression on Hobbs who flipped from UCONN to WSU during his official visit two weekends ago.

247Sports lists Hobbs as a 2-star composite recruit but he looks like a player who can be a key component on the defensive line in a few seasons. He’s 6-foot-6 and weights 260 pounds and should instantly bulk up over summer and in the fall.

In addition to UConn, Hobbs held scholarship offers from FBS schools Army and Toledo and FCS schools Fordham, Holy Cross, and Dartmouth.

Scouting Report

Plays low and behind his pads despite 6’6” frame. Good physicality getting rid of blockers. Above average speed, very strong at chasing down plays from the backside. Prototypical size for a defensive end recruit. Much stronger coming off the edge than working in the interior. Could potentially move inside to nose with some additional size.

- Jesse Cassino


Rivals - ★★

Scout - ★★★

247 Sports - ★★

ESPN - ★★★

Measurables (Rivals)

Position - DE

Hometown - Cedar Rapids, IA

Height - 6-foot-6

Weight - 260 pounds