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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Hubbard decommits days before OSU visit

By Brad Bournival

Just days before an unofficial visit to Ohio State, Sam Hubbard (Cincinnati/Moeller) has made a big life decision.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound outside linebacker had been a longtime commit to Notre Dame in lacrosse, but after a weekend away with family the junior has decided his future is in football.

“It was such an early process,” Hubbard said. “I made my decision in January of my sophomore year and that’s not really giving much thought to football. I hadn’t heard from many schools.

“Now that I have all those offers -- I love both sports -- but football is a lot bigger stage and is a full scholarship as opposed to a partial scholarship. It was a really tough decision because I love Notre Dame and Notre Dame lacrosse, but I feel like I made the right decision for me.”

Hubbard, who will be on Ohio State’s campus Friday, has seen his recruitment explode in the last few weeks.

What once was a blank slate in terms of football interest now includes offers from Boston College, Illinois, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Miami (Ohio), Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio, Ohio State and Stanford and interest from Duke as well.

His sister Madison is a senior at Ohio State, so he plans on seeing the campus again. He would like to also see Boston College, Stanford and Michigan.

For now, the only visit he has planned is one with the Buckeyes.

“Ohio State has mentioned the opportunity to set up a meeting with the lacrosse coach, but I’ll probably just play football and see how my grades are doing from that point,” Hubbard said. “My mom hasn’t been on an [unofficial] visit to yet. The last time I went it was just me and my dad.

“My sister is a senior at Ohio State. She’ll tag along, too. I’ll be sitting down with Coach [Urban] Meyer and watching practice. I’m meeting with the president of the university, which will be cool, and getting to know everything better. It’s real exciting. I have a lot of people interested in me. I’m weighing all options.”

Playing free safety last season, Hubbard registered 75 tackles -- seven for loss -- forced two fumbles, intercepted two passes and also had a fumble recovery.