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Friday, April 5, 2013
Hubbard brings athleticism, versatility

By Brad Bournival

Outside linebacker Sam Hubbard (Cincinnati/Archbishop Moeller) is now an Ohio State pledge. Where he’ll play when he steps foot on the turf at Ohio Stadium is the million dollar question.

A 6-foot-5, 225-pound athlete, Hubbard continues to grow into an incredible football player. Despite his size last season, Fighting Crusaders coach John Rodenberg used his standout as a free safety. He was the hulking figure playing a  hybrid linebacker/defensive back position, giving Moeller options on defense and causing problems for offensive coordinators. With his size and speed he is excellent in coverage and can play a vital role as a run stopper.

But here’s the kicker: He might not even stay at linebacker.

The Buckeyes could certainly move Hubbard to defensive end and give him the coveted LEO position. As athletic as he is, Ohio State could also move him to the offensive side of the ball and make him an H-back, or even stick him at tight end.

In leading Moeller to a state title last season, Hubbard registered 75 tackles -- seven for loss -- forced two fumbles, intercepted two passes and also had a fumble recovery.

Regardless of where Ohio State, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes put the budding prospect, he should find success.

One thing is for sure, Hubbard’s commitment will give Ohio State flexibility not only in the years to come, but in filling in the missing pieces of the 2014 recruiting class.