(Photo Courtesy of Jesuit Dallas Athletics)
Jeff Tambroni and the Penn State Nittany Lions landed a commitment in the 2022 class out of the Lone Star State on Thursday afternoon, as Jesuit Dallas, Texas, midfielder McAllister Hobbs announced that he would be taking his talents to University Park.
Hobbs is the third commitment in the class for the Nittany Lions, joining Hill Academy, Ont., midfielder Cam Sanderson and Archbishop Spalding, Md., defenseman Alex Ross.
“I just loved the campus and the coaching staff,” Hobbs told Lacrosse Bucket. “Once I got off a Zoom call with Coach Tambroni a few nights ago I knew that was where I was going. It’s a perfect fit for me academically and from a lacrosse standpoint.”
The Nittany Lions initially reached out to Hobbs early on September 1st, which was the first day that college coaches could contact 2022 recruits. Hobbs said that he has done numerous amounts of Zoom calls with members of the Penn State staff and has taken a virtual tour of campus. He will be going up to Penn State on his own next weekend to see campus for himself. He plans on taking an official visit next fall when things start to open back up.
Renown as one of the top 2022’s in the state, the 5-foot-10, 155 pound midfielder is a lethal offensive threat, operating well as both a cutter, feeder, and shooter from up top. He really picked up a lot of steam during the shortened 2020 spring, tallying 12 points (10G/2A) while helping the Rangers a 7-0 record. Hobbs had six points (4G/2A) in five games as a freshman.
Penn State offensive coordinator John Haus is one of the brightest young offensive minds in the games. Hobbs stated that he is “pretty pumped” at the possibility of playing in a Haus offense. “I was able to get on the phone with him and hear about his offense and where they see me fitting in. It’s a great feeling knowing that I’ll be in good hands when it comes to the offensive perspective at PSU.”
Coming into his junior season, Hobbs says he feels that he and his team have a lot of unfinished business to take care of. “Last season we were undefeated and in the running for state before COVID shut us down. I was a big contributor to our team last season and I expect to do the same this season, while finishing our matchups from last year and bringing home a state championship.”