Any of you that follow recruiting coverage on Go Pokes know that I am as high as any recruit in the 2016 class on Amen Ogbongbemiga out of Notre Dame Prep in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Now, thanks to Gabe Brooks of Scout.com for alerting us to Oklahoma State going back north of the border with an offer in the 2017 class and this young man is a potential "freak" as well.
Chuba Hubbard out of Bev Facey School in Edmonton, British Columbia, Canada is a true speedster and a prolific running back even if the competition is not as stout as you would find in Texas or Oklahoma on a Friday night. The 6-0, 180-pound Hubbard proclaimed his Oklahoma State offer this afternoon.
"Glad to say that I've received my second NCAA Division I offer from the Oklahoma State Cowboys!! #Ride On #Go Cowboys," wrote Hubbard on his Twitter account @Hubbard_RMN.
Hubbard, who had his first offer from Colorado State, is a true speedster in track that could go to school and be on scholarship in that sport. But he told a reporter from the Edmonton News that he loves both sports. Last fall he finished the nine-game season with 2,534 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns. Hubbard averaged over 20 yards a carry.
In the final game for his Bev Facey Falcons team in a 33-25 Tier 1 semifinal loss to Notre Dame Pride he rushed for 291 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries. The opposing coach acknowledged they couldn't stop him but other mistakes by the Falcons and some positives by his team led to the victory.
"I love football and track so much, and both have helped me become the athlete I am," Hubbard said in the story in the Edmonton News. "I get my aggression, push and drive from football and I get my speed in football from track. I feel like I’ve been gaining more and more out of football. but I don’t think I’m at my full potential yet. I’ve got lots to learn."
How fast is Hubbard? He has run a 10.55 in the 100 meters.
It is safe to say he would like to do both sports in the U.S., but he also has mentioned a desire to some day play in the National Football League.
"It’s something I’ve definitely thought about a million times," he said to the local newspaper. "I want to be able to pursue both (football and track) at the next level. The school has to be the right fit for me both academically and athletically, and I’m just starting to wrap my head around it."
We speak all the time in recruiting circles about pipelines in recruiting, pipelines to areas and pipelines to schools, but I have to admit I wasn't thinking I would ever be discussing a possible pipeline to Canada. Hubbard sure seems worth it.