• John Macon Gillespie

Hobbs Ready To Show His Skills At Fortius Project

Coming off a junior season where he finished the season tied for 20th in the State with 6 interceptions, Jz'Markeyus Hobbs doesn't have time to look back, he is already turning his focus to his last run with his teammates to bring a State Championship back to Philadelphia in 2017.

"I feel like it was good, but I could've done better. Right now, I'm just focused on next season," Hobbs told SES Mississippi on his junior season.

Jz'Markeyus is a 5'9 155lb 2018 Safety for Philadelphia High School. Hobbs finished the 2016 season with 36 tackles, 6 interceptions, 7 pass deflections, and 3 forced fumbles. He did all this in only 9 games played for the Philadelphia Tornadoes.

As a player that has a knack for forcing turnovers, most would think that Hobbs likes to play aggressive flying around to the ball. However, Jz'markeyus' success on the defensive side of the ball, comes from his outstanding patience.

"It takes patience, you have to always stay patient. If you're impatient in the secondary, the offense will make big plays," Hobbs told SES Mississippi on what he does to make so many game changing plays in the secondary.

In one particular game last season, Hobbs used his game changing ability to completely take over the game. It was a division contest late in the season on the road against Choctaw Central, the Tornadoes could seal up a playoff berth with a win. Hobbs completely changed the makeup of this game with 3 interceptions, even returning one back for a touchdown, en route to a 31-19 victory.

The Philadelphia Tornadoes finished the 2016 season with a 7-5 record, they were defeated in the first round of the 3A MHSAA Playoffs by Raleigh 26-21. Jz'markeyus only has one goal for he and his teammates to accomplish in 2017.

"The most important goal is to win the State Championship. All the rest will fall into place. I'm just going to lockdown anybody across from me on the other side of the ball," Hobbs on what he wants to accomplish in his final season with the Tornadoes.

Before beginning a quest for a championship in 2017, Jz'Markeyus has a couple of things he would like to improve throughout this offseason. He also is looking forward to the Fortius Project on February 25th at ICC, where he will have an opportunity to prove himself against some of the best competition Mississippi has to offer.

"I want to get bigger. It's not a disadvantage for me being 155 pounds. But it would be better because runningbacks in Mississippi are huge," Hobbs on what he would like to improve this offseason.

Jz'Markeyus only has one thing that he wants to prove at the Fortius Project. "That I'm a top notch defensive back," Hobbs told SES Mississippi.

Hobbs will be a player to watch in 2017, he is one of the outstanding players we have in Mississippi that can completely take over a game on the defensive side of the ball.

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