Hulbert looks ahead to his senior season at Ankeny

All ISU fans will agree that Matt Hulbert made the right decision in the end.


"I grew up a Hawkeye," he said. "When I figured out I wanted to go to Iowa State I converted right there. Forget the Hawkeyes."


Last June Hulbert became the first known commitment to give Iowa State a solid verbal for the class of 2006.


"Since I've committed I've been telling people about it and getting in the weight room like I have been always and just keeping it up," Hulbert said. "There's not a whole lot different I've been doing."


He said his friends and family have divided loyalties.


"It's kind of mixed," Hulbert said. "A lot of my friends are Cyclones and a lot of my family were more Hawkeye fans, but now they're turning into Cyclone fans because I'm going there."


Heading into his senior season at Ankeny High School, the 6-foot-7, 275 pound, Hulbert will play offensive left tackle.


"I think we'll be really good," Hulbert said. "We have a big offensive line. I think we'll do very well. We have a lot of guys back on defense and offense and we have a good kicker. I think we'll be really solid and hopefully be back to where we were."


Hulbert said the ISU coaches told him to keep up his quick feet and to keep working out and just doing what he's been doing. Hulbert also has set some other goals for himself this season.


"[I just want] to do the very best I can and get all my assignments read and do my technique right and get the best grades after the games," he said.


Over the summer Hulbert had a chance to meet some of Iowa State's other recruits who will be joining him in Ames.


"Austen [Arnaud], I talked to him at camp," Hulbert said. "I've talked to a couple other guys too who have committed."


Living only a short distance away from Ames, Hulbert said he'll do his best to be at Jack Trice every Saturday.


"I'm going to make sure I try to get up there," he said. "I don't want to miss a game and I can't miss the Iowa State - Iowa game."

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