Baseball Tigers Add Another Commitment

One of Alabama's top prospects has given a verbal commitment to Auburn.

Homewood, Ala.–-Coach Tommy Slater and the Auburn baseball Tigers continue to surge towards the future as the program has added another commitment from Alabama in pitcher Austin Hubbard. A two-sport standout for the Homewood Patriots, the 6-2, 190 Hubbard says that all it took was a visit to Auburn with his parents to decide that Plainsman Park was going to be his college home.

"I visited last weekend before I went to Troy," Hubbard tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. Coach (Butch) Thompson showed me around. I pitched on Friday at the Super 150 and I thought I threw real well. Coach Thompson and Coach (Tommy) Slater offered me Saturday. Both Saturday and Sunday we played games and afterwards on Sunday we went back to Auburn so my mom could see things.

"They showed us the learning center again and the weight room. He (Slater) told me to take my time and to commit when I was comfortable. He did tell me that he would rather have it sooner than later. We got in the car to leave and we're driving down the street when I tell my parents that I'm ready. I was going to call them, but my dad said ‘let's just drive back over there'. I walk in the coaches offices and asked Coach Slater ‘is this soon enough?'. They just started laughing and congratulated me. I told them I was ready to be an Auburn Tiger."

A starter for the Patriots at third base in addition to his duties as a starting pitcher, Hubbard is coming off a solid junior season that saw him finish with a record of 7-2 on the mound despite missing three weeks with a back injury. In 58 innings he struck out 99 hitters using a better than average fastball and breaking ball to get the job done.

He also had a very good season as the quarterback for Homewood. In leading the Patriots to the Class 5A State Championship last year Hubbard threw for over 2,500 yards and 28 touchdowns. Following his junior season he competed in the junior All-Star game in Troy as a football prospect, but he says he's known for a while that baseball was the sport for him in the end.

"It has been really tough," Hubbard says of juggling both sports. "My football coaches have been really supportive though. If my arm was hurting and I was going to pitch the next day it was okay if I didn't throw that much that day. They all have been so supportive and have made things much easier.

"In football Tulane had offered me," he adds. "LSU was looking hard at me. Also Columbia and some other small schools. Both Auburn and Alabama were kind of interested as well. Baseball has always been my favorite though. That's where my heart is. I have always loved baseball. I really knew I wanted to play baseball in college after last baseball season and didn't want to play football at all."

Hubbard now turns his attention back to football for the rest of the summer after a hectic schedule that has been filled with baseball tournaments and showcases as well as football workouts. He says that he's anxious to get his senior year underway in both sports and help the Patriots to a pair of state titles. In the meantime he can rest easy knowing that his future is set and he's going to be a Tiger.

"I haven't really gotten that much attention except for Auburn," Hubbard says. "Birmingham Southern has talked to me. I was waiting on Mississippi State and Ole Miss, but when I saw everything at Auburn I knew I didn't want to wait on anyone else. I wanted to go here because everything is so nice. It was so easy to talk to the coaches and have a conversation with them about baseball or really anything else. They're not really old and hard to talk to. I like the fact that they're still young and they're there for us."

Hubbard is Auburn's second commitment for the 2007 signing class joining Stanhope Elmore's Joseph Sanders.

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