Recruiting: Great Week For DT Commits

"This takes my mind off recruiting and now I can purely focus on the game and on my opponent," said Horace Hubbard, the Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College and Virginia native defensive tackle, Wednesday morning after he made his decision to commit to Oklahoma State.

Hubbard had originally thought he would wait until after Saturday's Heart of Texas Bowl when Fort Scott will travel to play Blinn Junior College but a visit from OSU head coach Mike Gundy and defensive coordinator Tim Beckman and some careful thought moved the 6-5, 275-pound two-time All-Jayhawk Conference performer to make the call.

Hubbard confirmed his decision of last night this morning. "I committed to Oklahoma State, and I thought about doing it on my visit last weekend," said Hubbard, who made an official visit traveling with Fort Scott teammate and standout linebacker Jacquain Williams.

"I decided to come back and distance myself from the visit and put some thought into it and then I realized I was ready to make the decision. They have great facilities that are only going to get better while I'm there and they already have a good team and they have a lot of good players coming back next season."

Hubbard was named first team All-Jayhawk Conference defensive tackle last week and this season earned Defensive Player of the Week honors in the conference for a performance against Garden City where he posted 9 unassisted tackles, 3 assists, 3 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks. This season he was one of the leaders in the Jayhawk Conference in fumbles forced with five. In 2007 Hubbard finished with 15 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss.

He was recruited very hard by Arizona and made an official visit there a week and a half ago. Kansas State and new/old head coach Bill Snyder was also trying to make inroads with him.

Hubbard becomes the 13th verbal commitment for Oklahoma State and the third this week including another defensive tackle, 6-5, 248-pound Anthony Rogers out of North Little Rock High School in Arkansas.

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