Hubbard Sees Opportunity at FSU

The last home game of 2009 for Florida State brought in a host of official visitors for the weekend. One of the visitors was defensive end Adrian Hubbard from Norcross, Ga. NoleDigest caught up with him to talk about his visit, and to see if the Seminoles were able to separate themselves from the other schools Hubbard is considering.

Arguably the biggest need for the 2010 recruiting class is defensive end. With Florida State lacking depth and talented playmakers from top to bottom the coaches are looking to upgrade that position this year. One of their targets is late-bloomer Adrian Hubbard from Norcross, Ga.

Hubbard sat out last year, but this year he has really turned it on and is garnering interest from schools all over the South. Recently Adrian narrowed his list to a final 3 of FSU, Alabama and South Carolina. His visit this weekend was his second official (he has visited S. Carolina already). Coming into the trip Hubbard wanted to see the program up close and see what FSU had to offer. He told NoleDigest that the visit was good overall.

"I liked it there," said Hubbard of the visit. "I got to hang out and get to know some of the players. Dan Hicks was my host; he showed me a great time. I got to meet and get to know some of the coaches, and I got a chance to eat dinner with them. Meeting Coach Bowden was great."

Adrian said that he liked the back and forth pace of the game, but the thing that really stood out to him was the youth on the field for the Seminoles. That showed him that the coaches will allow players to play regardless of class.

"The game itself was neat because the teams were going back and forth," Hubbard said, "but the thing that I liked most was that the underclassmen were making big plays. That shows me the coaches have confidence in them. I want to play early so that helps them."

The talented defensive end spent time with just about every coach over the weekend and the message was the same from each; there is a major need at defensive end.

"Coach Fisher, Coach Bowden, Coach Haggins and Coach Allen all emphasized the need for me and how I could make an early impact there because of the lack of depth. That helps them."

"My family came with me," continued Hubbard on the visit. "They enjoyed the visit, too. The atmosphere was good and I liked the town itself."

Hubbard had a good visit overall but he isn't ready to name any team as his leader. With a visit to Alabama upcoming look for Adrian to make his visit in January.

"I had a good visit but there isn't a leader," said Hubbard. "I still have my visit to Alabama. I plan on making my decision January 2nd during halftime of the UnderArmour All-American game."

Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Adrian, as well as the rest of the recruits from the 2010 class.

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