- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
It was a wild few days for senior safety Matt Hubley (Waukesha, Wis./Catholic Memorial), but it ended with a pretty good outcome.
Wisconsin assistant Ben Strickland visited Catholic Memorial on Friday to watch the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Hubley play. On Monday, Badgers coach Bret Bielema let Hubley’s coach know the walk-on offer Hubley received in the summer was now a scholarship offer. And less than a day later on Tuesday morning, Hubley made the call to Wisconsin to let him know he was ready to become commit No. 15 for the Badgers.
“I said that it’s kind of his dream school and it’s close by, so if he wants to go there he should commit as soon as possible and not string it out for anybody,” Hubley’s father, Greg, said regarding the conversation the family had last night. “Then when he went to school his coaches and some of the other people and administration at Catholic Memorial said the same thing.”
Greg talked with Bielema last night as well, and Bielema explained to him that Hubley would come in as a safety but could end up playing linebacker if he continues to grow.
Hubley caught the attention of the Wisconsin coaches at a camp this summer when he ran a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. The coaches offered him a walk-on spot following that camp, as the Badgers did not have many scholarships left. Wisconsin originally planned to sign only 12.
“They offered him a walk-on spot so we figured we had that in our back pocket,” Greg said. “From them on Coach Strickland has been in contact almost weekly.”
Hubley unofficially visited Wisconsin for its season opener.
Southeast Missouri State and South Dakota State also offered Hubley.
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