One of the top high school football prospects in Louisville is staying in state as he continues his career at the next level.
Male High School senior defensive back Nathan Hobbs announced on his Twitter account on Wednesday evening that he is verbally committing to Western Kentucky. Hobbs’ high school coach Chris Wolfe confirmed the decision in a phone interview.
“I think the sky’s the limit for Nate,” Wolfe said. “I think he’s just scratching the surface for what he can be. He’s got crazy athletic ability and great ball skills. He’s still growing, is already 6-feet tall, may be 6-1, 6-2, and he can play anywhere in the secondary or a receiver spot. He scored five different ways for us this year. He’s scored on an 85-yard fumble return, a 95-yard interception return and has multiple punt and kickoff return and receiving touchdowns, so there’s not much he can’t do.”
Hobbs has been influential for the Bulldogs this season, helping lead them to an 8-2 record. On offense he’s caught 14 passes for 234 yards, an average of 16.7 yards per catch, with four touchdowns. Defensively, he’s recorded 25 total tackles to go with two interceptions.
“Nate’s been fantastic,” Wolfe said. “He’s been a leader on and off the field for us. He’s a guy we’re to count on and he’s a guy were projecting to do even bigger things in the playoffs, maybe even having an expanded role on offense. He’s a guy we expect to make plays for us, both on offense and defense.”
According to Wolfe, Hobbs also holds offers from Ball State, Ohio, Charlotte and Georgia State at the FBS level, and in FCS he was being recruited by Eastern Kentucky, Southeast Missouri State, and Tennessee Tech, among others.
Wolfe said he believes the growth of WKU’s program and the proximity to Louisville helped convince Hobbs to become a Hilltopper. Another key in the recruitment was WKU running backs coach Chris Barclay, a Louisville native and Male alumnus who led Hobbs recruitment.
“I think Western’s got a great program,” Wolfe said. “They recruit Kentucky very well. Close proximity to home helps kids, so there was a variety of factors. His family and friends can see him play, so that’s a big benefit.”