Saguaro’s Hobbi has has choice of all-star games, colleges

SCOTTSDALE (AP) — Cyrus Hobbi can bench 405 pounds, so it’s clear why he’s one of the nation’s top recruits.

Known for his surprising speed as well as his strength, Hobbi was named to The Arizona Republic’s 4A all-state team.

The 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive lineman plays for Saguaro High School. The Sabercats won three straight Class 4A state titles before last season, when they went 10-3 and lost to Tucson Sabino in the semifinals of the 4A-I playoffs.

Going into this season the team’s mantra has been “Take back the title.”

Hobbi, who says his nickname is “The Virus,” has been selected to play in the U.S. Army All American Bowl in San Antonio and the Under Armour All-American game in Orlando, Fla. next year. He’ll have to choose just one, just as he’ll have to choose from a long list of D-I schools who have tried to woo him.

In the past he’s favored Southern California, but the Trojans were late coming with their offer. It was also unclear if his decision would be impacted by the sanctions placed on the school for NCAA violations, or coach Pete Carroll’s departure for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks in the offseason.

Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson sent Hobbi an offer as soon as it was allowed. The senior scheduled a trip to visit Oregon State just before the start of this season.

Hobbi plays at guard and tackle, and he has the potential to play right away in college. Coach John Sanders has said that Hobbi could be the best lineman ever to come out of Saguaro.

Hobbi is part of a talented class of offensive linemen in Arizona that includes Hamilton’s Christian Westerman and Tyler Johnston and Chapparal’s Andre Yruretagoyena.