"They all said yes."

Take an in-depth look at one of the Tide's top signees.

Adrian Hubbard
Scout.com Rating: Four-Star
Scout.com Rank: No. 20 Defensive End
Size: 6-foot-7, 227-pounds
Hometown: Norcross High School
Norcross, Ga.
Projected Position: Defensive End

Stats: Hubbard had 102 tackles, 57 tackles for loss and 10 sacks during his senior season. He did not play football as a junior.

Commit Date: 12/8/09

Recruiting Competition: Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia

Why Alabama: "When I took my visit I just felt really good. They made me feel at home. Another big factor was they have my major in Criminal Justice. I kind of knew it was where I wanted to go, and then I took my visit. I met with coach Saban. I told him I wanted to commit, and he said he didn't have a problem with that. He was ready for me to be a part of the Crimson Tide.

"Alabama did recruit me for the ‘Jack' linebacker position. I really like it a lot. I think it's going to be a better fit for me. It gives me a chance to play outside linebacker and rush the quarterback. It gives me a variety of different looks."

Strengths/Improvements: "I started as a sophomore over at Peachtree Ridge, but then I transferred. I don't know why I decided not to play my junior year. I feel like my size and speed are my biggest strengths. People underestimate my strength. I could learn more pass rushing moves."

Coach Quotes (Head Coach Keith Maloof): "He's 6-7, and he can run. Adrian came in to see me prior to his senior year, and told me he wanted to come out and play. I didn't want it to be a distraction to the team. I went and asked the kids what they thought because many of them knew him and what kind of person he is, and they all said yes. He started out a little rough. Each week he got better and better and became a force at defensive end for us.

"He really did a great job and developed into a role model for some of the younger players by season's end. Adrian has great athleticism. He does all the things well you look for in an elite player. He's quick to get off of his blocker, explosive coming out of his stance, and he has nice bend in his hips that serves him well.

"As a football player he still has growing to do, and it's exciting to think how far he can go with his ability. Adrian's a top student. Often, when I see Adrian he's having fun with a big smile on his face. Let's put it this way, Adrian's never had a bad day."

Andrew Bone says: "Hubbard is a very good athlete who has the frame to support a lot more weight. He is quick off the ball and can chase down the quarterback. He has natural ability with a future in the NFL."

Richard Stover contributed to this report.

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