C.R. Washington's Dallas Hobbs goes the unique, prep-school football route

Goal is playing Division I football

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Dallas Hobbs has had so many people come up to him and ask him where this college he’s playing football at this coming fall is located, he asked a reporter to write something to clear everything up. So here’s the scoop.

The recent Cedar Rapids Washington graduate isn’t playing college football ... yet. He is attending Deerfield Academy prep school in Massachusetts for a year in order to market himself to college programs.

The 6-foot-6 Hobbs, son of former Iowa Hawkeye Darrell “Pookie” Hobbs, played tight end and defensive end last season for Washington.

“When deciding on my offers, I had a family friend that use to be the AD out there, and he told me it’s a good option to keep in mind,” Hobbs said. “I talked to coaches and players and liked it. On my offical visits for schools that offered, I realized they didn’t have engineering or architecture programs I wanted. Talked with my family and just decided I wanted a good academic and football experience.”

Hobbs said since he committed to Deerfield for a year, he has gotten looks from FCS and FBS schools.

“I took on the post-graduate option to get more offers with schools that would have what I wanted,” he said. “My hope is D-I, and that’s what I got from the day I told my coach at Deerfield I was coming. He got things rolling. About a month later, I got an offer from Lafayette College, then Fordham, Holy Cross. The latest was UConn.”

Hobbs said he went to camps out east last week, so he is hopeful of more offers. Deciding to attend prep school is definitely atypical of the vast majority of prep players from the Metro and area, but, in this case, it appears to have been the correct decision.

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