Corner is a very difficult position in football, especially in SEC. Recruits must meet various prerequisites before even landing on the radar of high-major coaches.
Therefore, it’s easy to tell when you are watching someone that can make an impact at the next level. South Carolina corner commit Karson Hobbs is a junior in high school yet already has the skill set of a seasoned veteran.
Hobbs fails from Cincinnati, Ohio, a hotbed for football talent. He has been matched up with legitimate playmakers every week and often looks like the best player in the field.
Head coach Shane Beamer identified Hobbs as a priority and secured a commitment. Typically, coaching staffs aren’t focused on securing commitments outside the quarterback position this early, but they made an exception for Hobbs.
When drawing up a Power-5 corner, there are several things you want them to have in high school. Coaches want to put young defensive backs on the field early and to do so, you have to be physically and mentally prepared.
Hobbs comes in at 6-1 and 180 lbs. He has a remarkable arm length. He can move fluidly across space and flips his hips to stay in the hip pocket for wide receivers. He seamlessly glides across the field, and his length allows him to stay in the play.
Archbishop Moeller has prepared him well for life on the island. Hobbs is a focused runner and can eat up ground on his backpedal. He can break down in space and make a tackle while also maintaining hip mobility to push the field vertically.
High schools with top-level corners often leave them on an island in man. Although this helps to build a team, it doesn’t prepare them for college life as a defensive back.
But Hobbs must play in multiple roles every game. Archbishop Moeller runs a lot of Cover-3 concepts, where Hobbs has to take the boundary-side third, an advanced concept he will run in college.
Hobbs can also play Cover-2 flat and variations of Cover-4. Of course, he can stick his foot in the ground and make a play in man, but his high football IQ will be helpful when he joins the team.
Personal evaluations are an essential component of a scouting report. Although technique and eye discipline are possible to coach, it is impossible to coach desire and effort. Hobbs is a winner who will do anything to ensure his team walks away victorious.
He plays with a fire in run defense, playing support on the boundary and going through the whistle. South Carolina can be confident that Hobbs will arrive on Day One with only one goal in mind: winning. They can weather the highs and lows, but bringing in someone who wants to win is always a victory for a program.
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