We've been trying to reach the top football prospect in Canada for close to a week now. Chuba Hubbard admits to having tuned into a lot of the Summer Olympics from Rio because after all he may some day be running in the Summer Olympics, maybe in Tokyo in 2020 as he is one of the fastest sprinters in Canada. He is also, as previously mentioned, the top football prospect.
So where is he on getting ready for the upcoming season for Bev Facey Community School?
"We start school next week, but I just finished football practice tonight," Hubbard explained. "This is our second week of practice and it has been really good. I'm happy with the way everything is going. I needed to fix everything before we got started and I got it fixed. I really wanted to work hard on my hands and my elusiveness. I wanted to get bigger. I feel good about all of it. I'm at 205 pounds now."
That is 205 pounds to go with his 6-1 frame and his exceptional speed. Hubbard said he will get a test drive with his new bigger frame on Friday night when Bev Facey Community School has its first and only preseason game with Raymond. Hubbard explained that they have a preseason game and then nine regular season games and this year either three or four playoff games to win the championship. Bev Facey, located just outside Edmonton in the suburb of Sherwood Park, is part of the Edmonton Metro Carr Conference.
As far as recruiting, Hubbard said he is committed to Oklahoma State and I asked if it was a concern that Oklahoma State track lost their sprint coach to Miami, Fla.?
"I am going to play football and run track," Hubbard said. "I'm sticking with Oklahoma State because that wasn't the only reason I'm going there. I'm going to play football and one coach doesn't make the difference. I definitely saw that and that plays a factor, but I am going there because of the environment and the attitude and all the coaches."
Hubbard said he is looking forward to seeing a game in Boone Pickens Stadium.
"I have an early season game on a Thursday (Sept. 8 vs. Ross Sheppard Thunderbirds) and I'm going to head down the next day and will be there for the game (against Central Michigan) on that Saturday," Hubbard said of his visit. "It will be fun and I'm looking forward to seeing it."
Hubbard had a lot of offers before committing to Oklahoma State on Mother's Day in May. Colorado State, 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 were all in line for the talented running back.
As this season gets underway it is worth reviewing what Hubbard accomplished last season as he finished his nine-game season with 2,534 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns. He averaged over 20 yards a carry. In the final game, a Tier 1 playoff loss to Notre Dame Pride, he rushed for 291 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries in a 33-25 loss. The opposing coach acknowledged they couldn't stop Hubbard, but other mistakes allowed Notre Dame to get the win.
Hubbard is a very special prospect and for Oklahoma State a sensational commitment in the 2017 class.