"I don't know who told you that," Canadian sprinter and running back Chuba Hubbard responded when asked if Oklahoma State was still on the front burner in his recruiting after we were told that by one recruiting analyst at another site that the Cowboys were on the outside.
"I just got off the phone with Coach (Marcus) Arroyo and I talk to Coach (Mike) Gundy almost once a week. Oklahoma State is a school I like a lot. I don't have a visit planned down there this summer, but I'm not sure how much time and travel I will be able to do. I do like Oklahoma State," said Hubbard.
Hubbard's recruiting has officially blown up since he was offered by the Cowboys (his second offer following Colorado State). He is hearing from schools from all over and why not?
He is one of the fastest athletes in Canada as he has a wind-aided best of 10.53 seconds in the 100 meters and a 21.85 seconds in the 200 meters. He is in track right now running for his school, Bev Facey, and he runs for his track club the Edmonton Columbians.
"I'm running right now in track and the first meet won't be until early May," Hubbard said of one of his two favorite sports. He loves running track, but he also loves running the football in the fall. The 6-1, 190-pound Hubbard is good at that too.
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.
American football schools have noticed or they have followed the lead of some early astute observers as now Washington State, Auburn, Oregon, Bowling Green, California, Colorado, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Rutgers, Iowa State, North Carolina, Miami (Fla,), OU, Tennessee, Texas A&M and TCU have all followed suit.
"I'm wide open and I'm going to take some visits," Hubbard said sounding excited with the attention.
We're excited simply to see how fast he will run this track season.