Kyle Hubbard may not have been playing football long, but he knows what he's capable of when he steps between the white lines. His size, speed, and elusiveness make him a tough match-up for any defensive back or linebacker he faces. While his 40 receptions for over 500 yards last season are proof of that, his relative newness to the sport has made colleges reluctant to tender early offers. That made the spring and summer camping stops prime proving grounds for the charismatic youngster to show exactly what he's capable of. Despite a slight injury suffered last Thursday, he showed up in Columbus on Friday to do just that.
"I ran a 4.7, but I pulled my groin yesterday in a combine we had," explained Hubbard. "My vertical was 26 inches. I didn't do the bench because of my shoulder. Everything is messed up on my body right now (laughing). I wasn't mad at myself. I was pretty happy actually. I was trying to do my best forty today and I was talking to my trainer about it. He said if I didn’t do that (injure his groin) I probably would have easily gotten a 4.6."
At 6-3, 220-lbs, the one-on-ones are where Hubbard really shined. He showed great hands and deceptive speed on his way to being recognized by most as one of the top campers in attendance. The outing surely caught the attention of the numerous college coaches in attendance, many of which have already shown a great deal of interest. Michigan is among of the programs that have been hot on Hubbard's trail, and he intends to make his way to Ann Arbor in June for the Wolverines annual summer camp to further show what he can do.
"The schools recruiting me the hardest are Michigan, Virginia, Ohio State, and Miami of Florida," said Hubbard. "I've been hearing from (Michigan assistant) Coach Loeffler a lot. I'll probably try one day camps for everyone (i.e. the four schools mentioned). Most likely I'm going to stay overnight at Michigan since it's so close, but for everybody else I think I'm going to do one day."
At this point Hubbard is not concerned that his favorites haven't extended scholarships yet. He believes that situation will rectify itself in the next few months. He certainly hopes his Michigan recruitment will progress that way.
"I think they (the Michigan coaches) are going to talk to me after camp because they are recruiting me really heavy now," Hubbard said. "If I do well at the camp they most likely are going to offer me."
If the Wolverines were to offer Hubbard and then somehow land him, it could help reap some positive dividends in another sport. The youngster's pal and basketball teammate Delvon Roe is a top 2008 target for Tommy Amaker's program. The topic of attending school in Ann Arbor together has definitely come up in recent months.
"Yeah we have that conversation all of the time," said Hubbard. "His dad always is kind of in my face about that (laughing). He's like,' Kyle man, what's up? What about Michigan?' I just tell him I don't know. They might get a double package. (Laughing). We might win a national championship in both sports!"
For time being Hubbard will continue to weigh the pros and cons of the schools on his list and stay open to interest from new suitors. That said, he made it clear that those that showed interest in him early will have the best shot at landing him.
"A major factor in my decision is pretty much going to be the schools that were there from the get go," he said. "I'm not going to go to a school that wasn't on the bandwagon, and then two minutes before signing day they're like, 'oh.' I'm pretty much going to stick with the school that was with me from the get go. I'll also look at location, academics, and stuff like that."
I'll probably make my decision late next football season," Hubbard continued.
"It will probably be around state (finals) time because we are going to
make it to states next year."