Brian Hoffman has spent the past eight years turning the Hubbard football program into one of the very best in the state of Ohio. Expectations are high for this coming season because of a roster filled with experience and talent.
The Eagles have seen their playoff hopes ended in Week-13 the past two seasons with losses to eventual state champion Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary.
"We have been blessed with great kids and I've been able to surround myself with great people," Hoffman admitted. "My coaching staff has been pretty consistent, and these are guys I really trust. Everything moves forward from there. The climate here at Hubbard is outstanding, and the kids come to work every day. They're good kids that all get along, and that chemistry makes it all come together."
"I played at Youngstown State, and learned from some great men like Jim Tressel and Jim Heacock, and that has helped shape my philosophy," he added. "I learned about tradition and the foundation of what makes a successful program. I also have to credit my father, who has been the biggest influence in my life, and he was great in the community as a coach. Everything I learned in dealing with people came from my parents."
Hoffman has four BCS recruits returning this season for the Eagles, and he discussed each of his top players.
Matt Jones: "Matt is headed to West Virginia and he is an offensive lineman with great feet. He should play on the interior, either center or guard, but he could also play defensive line. He has the agility and the toughness to succeed. He should be able to play early there, because he has the frame and he's a tough, hard-nosed kid. I love the kid because he puts the team first, loves to compete, and is tough as nails."
L.J. Scott: "To be honest, I'm most proud of his growth off the field. He understands the importance of his classroom work, and he is a leader among the other kids. He's such a great football player, and he's so versatile. I could play him anywhere but offensive line, and he would be great. He would be amazing on defense, but he's too valuable with the football in his hands. He's a power runner, but he does have the ability to go long distance. He's going to be a great college player."
Isaiah Scott: "He is still growing physically, and he's getting better as a player all the time. He's a legit 6-foot-3, 200-pound, athlete that can play either side of the football. He has good hands, but I think most colleges see him on the defensive side of the ball. He will probably be a safety at the next level, but he could play wide receiver. He's such a tough kid, and he played last season with a bad shoulder, which speaks to his toughness and love for the game. His best football is still ahead of him."
George Hill: "George just committed to Ohio State, and we were with him when he committed. I think we were just as enthused as he was, and that was always where he wanted to go. He told us early last year that if he was ever in a position to be heavily recruited, he wanted to go to Ohio State. He's going to be great for them, because like L.J. Scott, he can do so many things. We look forward to seeing him play at Ohio State, and represent our program in a positive manner. He still has two years left with us, so we are expecting a lot more from him this season."