Louisville finalist for JUCO TE Hubbell

Ryan Hubbell, one of the nation's top junior college tight ends, will choose between Louisville and Northern Illinois after visiting both schools the next two weeks.

Ryan Hubbell, a 6'5, 235 pound tight end from Iowa Western C.C., will enroll at either Louisville or Northern Illinois next month.

A mid-year transfer, Hubbell, rated one of the top 12 junior college tight ends nationally by JCFootball.com, will visit the Cardinals (12/2) and Huskies (12/10) the next two weekends before deciding on a college.

"I've set up two officials with Louisville and Northern Illinois University," Hubbell said Tuesday. "I've kind of narrowed it down to those two. Those have been my top two throughout the recruiting process. The chance to play in the Big East, or whatever BCS conference they end up in, Louisville would be good. Northern Illinois is only about three hours from my house. So they've always been on my radar."

Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson visited Hubbell, who runs a 4.7 forty, at Iowa Western on Monday.

"Coach Watson was here (Monday) at my school and I talked to him for awhile," Hubbell said. "I sat down with him and went over everything. I've just been talking to him. He said they're looking for a JC guy that can come in and play on the line tight end and not so much shift around in the backfield."

As a sophomore, Hubbell recorded 17 receptions for 300 yards and three touchdowns to help Iowa Western to a 9-2 that included a win in the Graphic Edge Bowl to finish in the Top 10 nationally.

"I did a lot better blocking," Hubbell said. "Out of high school I was more of a receiver. I'm pretty instinctive when I get the ball and have a lot of yards after the catch. That would probably be my main attribute. I've put on 20 pounds since I came here. Our tight end coach was an offensive tackle with the [Indianapolis] Colts so he's helped me with blocking and leveled out my game between blocking and receiving."


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