As I was speaking to Chuba Hubbard, one of the fastest young men in Canada and a very talented running back as well, you could hear plates clanking in the background. I asked Chuba if they were about to eat and celebrating Mother's Day.
"Yes, we are celebrating Mother's Day and an anniversary, and this too," he said.
This too is his decision to attend Oklahoma State, and Cowboys fans have to feel really good about getting a player with the speed of a Tyreek Hill and the football instincts to go with it to play running back. You can add Chuba Hubbard, one of the Cowboys top running back targets, one of the first running backs the OSU coaching staff offered, and one of the most offered running backs in North America, to the 2017 recruiting class.
The 6-1 and he says currently 190-pounder, had a mega amount of offers with Colorado State being the first school south of the border to offer the standout from Sherwood Park (Bev Facey Community), Alberta, Canada. Oklahoma State was second and the collection after that included Alabama, Auburn, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Colorado, California, Hawaii, Iowa State, Miami (Fla.), Missouri, North Carolina, OU, Oregon, Rutgers, Syracuse, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Central Florida, and Washington State.
Hubbard actually said he told the Oklahoma State coaches, running backs coach Marcus Arroyo and head coach Mike Gundy on Friday, but he had hoped it would stay quiet until Sunday and his Twitter announcement and the chance to announce it around his entire family.
"Today my life has changed and after praying and a long discussion with my parents I have chosen to commit to the university of Oklahoma State Cowboys!!!!! Just would like to say thank you to my parents, my coaches, and everyone that has helped me get to this point in my life, blessed. #Go Pokes."
That is how Hubbard announced the commitment on Twitter on his site @Hubbard_RMN
"Really, Oklahoma State is the right place," Hubbard explained over the phone. "It just felt like the right place and the coaches are great. I really get along with the running backs coach, coach Arroyo. I know that I can do everything in my dreams there to play football and run track. My track coach talked to the track coach there and knows him a little bit. It is the right place to make my dreams come true."
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 runs track for both his school, Bev Facey, and for his track club the Edmonton Columbians.
He has told me that he loves both sports and told me Oklahoma State is going to make it possible to do both, which may explain some of his description of Oklahoma State being the right place to follow his dreams.
Last fall in football 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. Hubbard is very impressive on video.
It is impossible to know the competition, even looking at video, but if recent All-Star contests between Canada and the United States with high school athletes is any barometer then Canadian high school football is improving. One of Oklahoma State's signees from the 2016 recruiting class, Amen Ogbongbemiga, competed in one such game last season and the linebacker and his teammates fared very well in that game held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Hubbard says he knows of Tyreek Hill and called him "fast" but when asked about a race said it would be interesting. Speaking of races, Hubbard said his first outdoor meet of the season in Canada is on Tuesday.
Oklahoma State fans can celebrate today and this weekend as they added two really outstanding running back prospects on the 2017 commitment list in Hubbard and J.D. King, out of Fitzgerald, Georgia, on Friday.