JUCO TE picks Louisville

Louisville needs immediate help at tight end next season and may have found it on Wednesday. Iowa Western star Ryan Hubbell, one of the nation's top JUCO tight ends, picked Charlie Strong's program.

Louisville needs immediate help at tight end next season and may have found it on Wednesday when Iowa Western star Ryan Hubbell, one of the nation's top JUCO tight ends, committed to Charlie Strong's program.

Hubbell, 6'6, 240, chose Louisville over Northern Illinois. Hubbell visited Louisville last weekend, and after thinking about his decision the past few days, decided to cancel a visit to Northern Illinois this weekend and commit to the Cardinals.

"I'm very excited about my commitment to Louisville," Hubbell told InsideTheVille.com. "The visit sealed the deal for me. I love the situation I'm walking into at tight end. I felt really comfortable down there and that was the reason I could make my decision pretty quick. Everything is so nice. I met a lot of players and just felt comfortable overall with it."

As a sophomore, Hubbell earned second team All-Conference honors after catching 17 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns. He should have an opportunity to play right away. Starting tight end Josh Chichester graduates, and only Nate Nord and walk-on Chris White return.

"We sat down with (Coach Shawn Watson) and looked at the tight ends and went over film of what they do," Hubbell said. "I'll be playing more on the line at a set tight end position not an H-back. We went over how the tight ends are involved in the pass and run game and it was a good meeting."

Hubbell could be a key addition to an offense that improved as the season progressed. After starting slowly, Louisville finished the season strong to win a share of the Big East title. Hubbell is excited about the direction Charlie Strong has the Cardinals headed.

"I think he's obviously got the program going in the right direction," Hubbell said. "It's a really good situation there right now and I'm glad I will be a part of it."

Hubbell said he will sign with Louisville Dec. 21, and will enroll at UofL in January for the spring semester. He will participate in spring practice with Strong's program.


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