DeKALB – In a span of months, Jaylen Hobson went from a running back committed to Wisconsin-La Crosse to a track recruit at the University of Iowa.
A standout running back for DeKalb, the senior earned Northern Illinois Big 12 East MVP honors for his season in addition to winning the Daily Chronicle Fans Choice Football Player of the Year award. He wasn’t nearly as heralded in track. That changed during a track season in which he got stronger and stronger, peaking with his sixth-place finish in the long jump at the Class 3A State Meet last month.
His excellence in both sports earned him the Daily Chronicle 2018-19 Male Athlete of the Year Award.