"I chose that day to announce my school because it's the day my brother passed away," the 6-foot-5, 215-pound wing from Frederick (MD) Community College said.
Despite published reports stating he was an Iowa lean, Hubbard said his recruitment still is open. He's stated all along that he wanted to take his visits and then evaluate everything after that.
"I think that's the fair and reasonable way to do it," Hubbard said. "Of course Iowa stands out right now because I haven't seen Nebraska yet. If Nebraska impresses me as much as Iowa did, and from everything I know about them so far says they will, then I'm going to have a real tough decision to make."
Hubbard has officially visited Iowa, Penn State and Iona. The Nittany Lions have been eliminated from contention.
"We found out that I'd need another math class in order to get in," Hubbard said. "I'd need to take that this summer (at Frederick). The problem was that if something happened and I couldn't get the class completed, I would have nothing.
"It's too big of a risk, one I'm not willing to take. Coach (Ed) Dechellis really tried to talk me into taking the class and coming to Penn State. He understood why I didn't want to take the risk, though."
Hubbard originally was scheduled to go to Jacksonville instead of Iona last week. He said he has spoken with the coaches at the Florida school and might take a visit early next week.
"They said they would be open to that. I'm just not sure," he said. "The communication with them just hasn't been as strong as it's been with the other schools."
Hubbard is encouraged to know that the recruiting process is coming to a close. Although he feels lucky to be in this position, he's ready for the next stage of his life to begin.
"This will be a tough final week and a half," he said. "I have a lot of support from family and friends, but they're not really involved in the decision. They're kind of like me in that they feel that Iowa and Nebraska are pretty much the same academically and athletically.
"I really could flip a coin if it were just about that. It's about comfortability. It's where I feel the most comfortable. I don't know where that is yet."