Moeller's Sam Hubbard is Buckeyes' Sixth Commitment
By Tony Gerdeman
A huge recruiting weekend for Ohio State, featuring several top prospects visiting campus, got off to a fast start on Friday with the verbal commitment of Sam Hubbard out of Cincinnati Moeller.
Hubbard (6-6 225) is a four-star prospect who currently plays safety in high school, but likely projects elsewhere in college. He had been previously committed to Notre Dame to play lacrosse, but has chosen to pursue football instead.
Scout ranks him the #18 outside linebacker and 247 Sports calls him the #25 athlete in the nation.
Hubbard, who chose Ohio State over offers from Michigan, Stanford, Miami (FL), Louisville and Michigan State, finished with 75 tackles, two forced fumbles and two interceptions last season.
Ohio State offered him on March 21st, and two days later the Michigan Wolverines did the same. The commitment gives the Buckeyes four verbals from the state of Ohio.
As a six-foot-six safety and lacrosse star, Hubbard is a tremendous athlete. However, don't expect him to stay at safety in college.
"He's huge and he's a really good kid," said John McCallister of the McCallister Scouting Report.
"He's not going to be a safety in college, though. He'll end up being an outside linebacker. I think they'll put him on the edge."
Hubbard was a second-team All-GCL pick this past season, helping his team to a state championship. He was a valuable contributor to his defense, excelling in run support. He should be able to bring those same attributes with him to Ohio State.
"His closing speed is really good when making tackles," McCallister said.
"He's smart. He understands all of the coverages. And he's just a big guy. He's going to have to get a little faster – everybody does, and he's going to have to learn to change directions better. But he can cover ground. I think he's going to have a really bright future."
Class of 2014
Marcelys Jones OG (6-5 325) Glenville (Cleveland, OH)
Damon Webb CB (5-11 180) Cass Tech (Detroit, MI)
Kyle Trout OT (6-6 285) Lancaster (Lancaster, OH)
Parris Campbell RB (6-0 179) St Vincent-St Mary (Akron, OH)
Dylan Thompson DE (6-5 270) Montini Catholic (Lombard, IL)
Sam Hubbard ATH (6-6 225) Moeller (Cincinnati, OH)
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