As usual, there will be plenty of talent to go around at Lakewood St. Edward in 2006. One of St. Edward's players, safety Nate Oliver, has already made a commitment to Ohio State. At least one other, WR/TE Kyle Hubbard, is projected to be a major Division I-A recruit.
Hubbard (6-3, 225) is an excellent athlete who has always had a bit of a focus on basketball. But he is starting to recognize that football will likely be his college ticket.
"I still love basketball but I am seeing it now as more of a hobby," Hubbard said.
How new is Hubbard to the sport of football? A statement about a camp he attended last year tells the tale.
"I ran a 4.6 up at Michigan last year," Hubbard said. "I had never run a forty before. I had only played one year of football when I did it.
"All this is new to me. I had an old pair of Nikes on and some shorts."
Hubbard plans on improving that time, but he feels he has some learning to do as well.
"I am going to work on my speed," Hubbard said. "I think I can run 4.5. I really don't know how to run. Not in a football sense."
Hubbard recently made a trip back up to Michigan.
"The Michigan visit was very nice," Hubbard said. "I was very impressed with the academics. They are outstanding. My dad and mom have always stressed academics so that is very important to me. I will major in business or communications."
Hubbard gave a list of four schools he is currently interested in. Unlike his teammate Oliver, Hubbard does not seem anywhere close to making a decision.
"I am looking at Miami of Florida, Michigan, Texas, Ohio State," he said. "I am very unsure of what I want to do at this point.
"I am looking to go through the process. I can't see making an early decision. I am really new to football. I had always played basketball so I don't know enough about things."
Hubbard is listed as a wide receiver/tight end, and he has no problem playing either position.
"I am fine with playing tight end," he said. "I think I could cause some matchup problems for the defense. I like playing wide receiver but that is really not going to play a part in my decision."
Hubbard currently projects as one of Ohio's top 20 overall prospects in the coming year. For some video footage of Hubbard as well as other St. Edward prospects, click the link below to see highlights of St. Edward's state semifinals game against Massillon Washington.