PULLMAN- The Washington State Cougars football team was able to recruit the son of one of the most notable players for their rivals on Monday. Three-star receiver, Joey Hobert, became the fifth player to commit to WSU's 2020 recruiting class, and he's the son of former Washington quarterback Billy Joe Hobert. Hopefully his son has all of his dad’s football prowess and none of the controversy.
Hobert made a visit to WSU campus and while he didn’t meet Head Coach Mike Leech, the visit was enough to persuade him to sign. Hobert is a two-way star at San Juan Hills and even had an offer to play safety at Hawaii. The Cougars beat out Hawaii, BYU and Colorado State to land Hobert.
At 5’11’’ and 175 lbs., Hobert fits a mold that’s been made popular all the way up to the NFL, thanks to players like Wes Welker and Julian Edleman. In fact, he’s drawn favorable comparisons to the latter. “Hobert was our ‘Alpha Dog’ as the top performer of the day at the Under Armour All-American Combine back in March,” 247 Sports.com’s Greg Biggins said. “We compared him to New EnglandPatriots receiver Julian Edelman because of his size, route running, quickness and hands. He was turning defenders around all day long and is one of the toughest covers in the region.”
His junior year, Hobert racked up 643 receiving yards on 46 receptions, 159 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, three of which came from special teams.
His father, Billy Joe, was a starting quarterback for the Washington Huskies in the early 90s. He led the Huskies to a national title in 1991 and had the Huskies on a 22-game winning streak before he became involved in a huge NCAA scandal. He went on to play nine seasons in the NFL.