October 21, 2010

Supporting from the sideline

Killeen (Texas) Ellison athlete Devon Hocutt suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third game of his senior season. He's had to unexpectedly go through a rehabilitation process that wasn't part of his plans, but the 2011 Texas Tech commit has continued to try and find ways to help his team succeed.

"Right now I've just had to get used to being on the sideline, which is tough, but I'm trying to still be a leader for my team and get those guys fired up out there. I just want do whatever I can to keep our team on the right path," Hocutt said. "I've been staying on a workout plan that allows me to stay in the best shape possible while I'm rehabbing. It hasn't been fun going through all of this, but I'm thankful that my rehabilitation has gone as smoothly as it has. It could have been much worse."

Hocutt has remained in contact with the coaching staff in Lubbock, most notably assistant coach Tommy Mainord. The relationship between the two seems to be as solid they come.

"He's a very nice guy. He's really family-oriented and that shows up in Tech's program. They've got a lot of guys who are that way," he said. "Coach Mainord is one of the coolest coaches I've met through this recruiting process. He's usually not even worried about football when we talk. He wants to know how my life is going outside of that world; how school is going and things like that. Football will come naturally later, but I liked hearing him take a larger interest in what I had going on outside of that."

As a guy who is listed as a defensive tackle, has played running back in the past, and was playing linebacker this season, Hocutt will likely have a few options when it comes to what position he'll play on the next level. He indicates that the coaching staff has not decided just yet how they'd like to use him.

"They consider me as an athlete," he said. "Coach Mainord has talked about not wanting to put me in a position until I figure out what I'd be comfortable with. That decision will probably be made when I get there."

The 5-foot-11, 258-pounder has not been to West Texas since the spring. He's looking to make another visit, probably in an official capacity, towards the end of the year.

"I'm really trying to get to Lubbock, but I haven't been able to do it yet. I'll probably be trying to take an official visit after the season is over. I've still got some things I have to get done rehab-wise before I make that trip."

Hocutt committed to Texas Tech in March, and he's been shown interest by Baylor, Cal, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and TCU among others.

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