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Jesuit LB Hobson chooses Penn

Jesuit senior linebacker P.J. Hobson has committed to play at Penn, Tigers coach Joe Ross said Tuesday.

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The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Hobson, a second-year captain and third-year starter for the Tigers, averaged 7.5 tackles a game last season and led the team with four sacks. He is also Jesuit's student body president.

"An offer came for him in the past week or so," Ross said. "It really was the perfect fit for him."

Ross said the Quakers were recruiting Hobson as a linebacker and a running back, so he might get some touches in the backfield this season.

Earl Garcia III joins Hillsborough staff

Former King coach Earl Garcia III has joined his father's coaching staff at Hillsborough.

Garcia, who resigned at King in February after one season, is coaching outside linebackers and is the special-teams co-coordinator with former Hillsborough standout and Notre Dame player Preston Jackson under head coach Earl Garcia Jr.

"They were teammates here and they've been friends a long time," Earl Garcia Jr. said. "It's always good to have the chance to coach your son and now coach with your son. It's fun."

Earl Garcia III, a 1999 graduate of Hillsborough, was an all-county tight end and played linebacker and went on to play at Southern Illinois. When Garcia left King this spring, he said he wanted to resume coaching. He is also teaching at Spoto.

"He played at Hillsborough, he graduated from Hillsborough, and I think Hillsborough has always been in his heart," Earl Garcia Jr. said.

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Jesuit LB Hobson chooses Penn 08/19/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 9:15pm]

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