OSU Instant Impact: Sam Hubbard

Another of the members of the Ohio State 2014 recruiting class has faxed his letter of intent to the Buckeye coaching staff. Sam Hubbard is officially a Buckeye, becoming the first to send in his fax.

Sam Hubbard

SCHOOL: Cincinnati Moeller

SIZE: 6-foot-6, 220-pounds

POSITION: Linebacker


POSITION RANKING: Number-two outside linebacker

SCOUTING REPORT: After not seeing Hubbard since this time last year, the improvement is amazing and he fully deserves a high four-star ranking. He played a deep centerfield last Saturday against Mentor's pass happy offense, lining up 15-20 yards off the football. To come up and make tackles, Hubbard had to come a long way. He was also responsible to not get beat deep, and his height is so valuable in that role. The athleticism and the ability to change direction at this size is impressive, as is the speed. He can make plays on the football in the air, and be effective in coverage. Hubbard will play outside linebacker at Ohio State in the range of 240-pounds, and could be a player that sees the field early. There is a question of how he will defend the run at the line of scrimmage, but that doesn't concern me at all. Hubbard will be a three-down linebacker, and he might be the perfect player to defend all the spread offenses we see today. I've seen all the top 2014 prospects in Ohio this season, and would support a move to rank him higher in-state than he is today, including all the way to #1. -- Bill Greene

WHY OHIO STATE: "My dad met coach (Urban) Meyer and his staff with me the first time," explained Hubbard. "This time I brought my mom out with me and the visit was perfect and went really well.

"I just wanted my mom to see if and after the first few hours she said should could see why I wanted to be there. She just loved the staff and how much they cared about me and what they have in academics."

"We had a meeting at the beginning with coach Meyer and when we came back he asked what I was thinking and I told him I was ready to be a Buckeye. He gave us all hugs and was ecstatic."

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