Ohio State fourth-year junior defensive end Sam Hubbard announced on Saturday that he would be forgoing his final season of eligibility with the Buckeyes and entering the 2018 NFL Draft.
Hubbard tweeted out his decision.
— Samwise (@Sam_Hubbard_) December 30, 2017
Hubbard capped his Buckeye career with a career-high 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss against USC in Friday night’s Cotton Bowl. He also had 2.5 sacks against Michigan this season.
Hubbard has been projected by some as a first-round draft pick.
For his career, Hubbard finished with 29.5 tackles for loss and 17 sacks.
Hubbard famously committed to Ohio State after being committed to Notre Dame as a lacrosse commit. Urban Meyer visited Hubbard’s Cincinnati Moeller high school and was impressed by Hubbard’s dodgeball skills.
As a true freshman in 2014, Hubbard spent time at both tight end and defensive end before ultimately redshirting. Meyer struggled with that decision, saying at the time that they would never get a fifth year out of a guy as talented as Sam Hubbard.
Hubbard spent the next three seasons proving his head coach 100% correct.