Recruiting: Hubbard Ready To Get To Work

Don't feel sorry for Horace Hubbard, the two-time All-Jayhawk Conference defensive tackle who is back home in Virgina after signing with Oklahoma State and preparing to enroll for the spring semester. Sure, it'd be nice to be in San Diego with his future teammates but he knows he is coming in at a good time with a squad for next season that could compete for the Big 12 South title and beyond.

Besides, the 6-5, 285-pound Hubbard has been getting weather reports while the Cowboys are in San Diego preparing for the Holiday Bowl.

"Coach (Glenn) Spencer told me it was a little chilly last night," said Hubbard. "Yes, Coach called me from San Diego last night. We talk a lot."

Hubbard signed on the junior college signing day Dec. 17, along with Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) C.C. safety Andrew McGee, Pearl River (Miss.) C.C. defensive end Darius Hart, and Navarro (Texas) J.C. offensive lineman Anthony Morgan.

Hubbard got a strong pitch from the Cowboys on how much he will be needed at defensive tackle with Tonga Tea Jr. and Jeray Chatham graduating.

"Yes they did," confirmed Hubbard. "They told me they had two inside players (defensive line) leaving and that they really needed somebody to get after the quarterback. I guess they emphasized that the whole time on my visit and that I could be out there playing right now and that they really needed somebody of my caliber to play that position."

As mentioned, Hubbard was a two-time all-league performer with the Fort Scott C.C. star producing 15 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss as a freshman.

"I did a little balling and a lot of people said I couldn't play that position because I had played defensive end coming up," said Hubbard talking from his hometown of Gretna, Virginia. "I had the chance to play defensive tackle and I showed them that I could play that as well."

This past season he again earned the All-Jayhawk Conference honors but with less than half the sacks from his freshman season. He did lead the Jayhawk Conference in forcing fumbles with five, an unusual stat at least in that amount for a defensive tackle.

"I did force all those fumbles," said Hubbard, who professes to watching two hours of video (on opponents) a day during the week in season. "Some teams might be running the same plays sometimes and I pick up on their cadence and what they say and anything like, blue, ram or soemthing.

"I think they ran a toss on that last time and I figure they are going to run the toss. I get after the ball and either they aren't holding on to it well enough or I'm hitting them too hard."

Hubbard says he is enjoying the time at home with his family, especially his mother Delores, who as a single mom has done a great job raising three children.

Horace is the biggest as his older sister is a nurse and his younger brother is a 6-0, 180-pound junior safety at Gretna High School, where they just won their second consecutive state championship in football. Hubbard says he looks forward to getting bigger.

"I'm 285 right now," confirmed Hubbard. "I'm already looking forward to being 300 pounds if I can get that big."

Pretty sure with the training table and Rob Glass and his staff that Hubbard can get that big.

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