Damion Hobbs likes the direction Utah State’s football program is headed in.

In fact, Hobbs wants to help take the Aggies to the next level.

The three-star dual-threat quarterback from Cedar Hill (Texas) High has verbally committed to USU and he’s excited to be an Aggie.

“I’m just looking at coming in and making an impact, whether that be early or whenever the coaches want me to make an impact, that’s all I’m looking to come in and do,” Hobbs told The Herald Journal on Sunday afternoon. “I want to do whatever it takes to help the team win more games and get back to a bowl game and hopefully one day a BCS bowl.”

Hobbs had previously committed to Arkansas State. He had also been offered by Iowa State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon State, Purdue, Rice, UTEP and Wake Forest.

Oregon showed interest in Hobbs, as well, but did not officially offer him. Hobbs said USU was the only school he visited, though.

“All in all, Utah State was in a different place with the mountains and the snow,” Hobbs said. “It was just real fun and the program is going in a good direction and it’s something I think I can fit into really well. (Head) coach (Matt) Wells is a great guy, him and his brother (Luke). Those are two people I want to be playing for, and coach (Kevin) McGiven, too.”

Hobbs visited USU and Cache Valley Jan. 11-12. He was one of six recruits brought in that weekend.

“It’s a great environment as far as players, everything from the facilities and academics,” Hobbs said. “They graduate a lot of their seniors and that’s really good. Not only will you get a chance to play football, but you get to graduate with a degree.

“The facilities really surprised me with the new weight room coming up and then the fan base. The fan base is crazy, I love it. I love to see the fans and the way they got into the basketball game.”

Hobbs and the rest of the recruits attended the men’s basketball game between the Aggies and San Jose State on Jan. 12 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

As a senior in 2012 at Cedar Hill, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Hobbs passed for 2,769 yards and 29 touchdowns, completing 209 of his 319 attempts. He also rushed for 808 yards and 12 more scores.

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