Darvon Hubbard left Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights camp hoping he had done enough to earn a scholarship offer, and on Tuesday he finally found out what he wanted to know.
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Hubbard (6-0 200) attends Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona and is the No. 10 running back in the 2020 class according to 247Sports. He is also the No. 83 player in the nation.
Hubbard is originally from Akron, which is one major reason he had been working so hard to earn an OSU offer. A Buckeye fan growing up, he moved out to Scottsdale just last year.
Ohio State was certainly not his first offer, as he had also been sitting on offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, and Bowling Green.
For someone who just finished up his sophomore year of high school and only rushed for around 500 yards last year, what is it that the major schools are seeing in Hubbard?
“I haven’t talked to coaches specifically why he’s getting offered, but I think it’s because he’s a bigger back and he’s pretty athletic for his size,” Chaparral coach Brent Barnes told Richard Obert with AZCentral.com last month.
“He is versatile, a bigger back so he’s a downhill runner. But he’s athletic enough to catch the ball in space, do different things. We definitely want to get him as many touches as we can, getting him the ball in whatever we are doing. Our offense is based on the downhill run game anyway, so he’s built for that.”
The quarterback leading the Chaparral offense is 2020 OSU target Jack Miller. Miller, who is ranked the No. 3 pro-style passer in the class, was also at Friday Night Lights, and he had one eye on Hubbard while he was there.
“I got to see him a little bit. He looked really good,” Miller said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they jump on him right now, honestly.”
It wasn’t an immediate leap, but after talking it over as a staff, the Buckeyes extended the offer.
Miller was asked if he had any recruiting targets in mind when he does commit in the near future, and he specifically mentioned his teammate Darvon Hubbard.
After playing with him for just one year, Miller had too much fun playing with Hubbard to only do it one more year.
“It was awesome,” Miller said of last season. “He takes lot of pressure off of me. Short-yardage situations, it gets the ball out of my hands. If the defense is bailing, I can just give the ball to him and he’ll run and score touchdowns and make people miss. He’s awesome.”
The Buckeyes are the significant favorites to land Hubbard. Currently they own all six of the Crystal Ball predictions.