By: Shane Kinnee
Toledo Scout Contributor
Toledo is on the prowl for some physical and explosive outside linebackers to play in defensive coordinator, Brian George’s attacking defense. One of the coaching staff’s top-targets that fits the bill is 2017 Ann Arbor, Mich. (Pioneer) outside linebacker, Derrick Hubbard.
In addition to putting on 25 pounds since the end of the season, the junior outside linebacker is starting to make a name for himself in the college football recruiting ranks and the Rockets have noticed, as they are starting to show interest with Hubbard's recruitment.
“Since the staff changed, I’ve been in contact with two Toledo coaches from time to time,” Hubbard said about Toledo. “Coach Robinson talked to me and they are in contact with me every once and awhile. It was a about a month ago, that was the most recent time. Coach Robinson told me about the linebacker depth and how everything as far as the defensive side is going.”
Hubbard was on campus last season when the Rockets beat Iowa State early in the season. The 6-foot-2, 202-pound linebacker really enjoyed his time on campus. That visit for Toledo was huge, as it left Hubbard very impressed with what he saw.
“The last time for me was when Toledo played Iowa State last fall. The visit was dope, the game was really good, it was cool to see a mid-major team knock off a 'Power Five' team. The fans came out and they showed a lot of support for their team. The atmosphere was great, it smelled like football. They have some top-notch facilities and has a program to get the job done.”
Hubbard has already made two trips to Toledo and is scheduled to attend a camp on campus during June. He has also visited Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and Western Michigan. He plans to camp at a lot of programs in the Midwest area over the summer as well.
“I plan to head down to Toledo for their June camp this summer. But schools like Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue, Iowa, Bowling Green, Pittsburgh, and Western Michigan are showing me a lot of interest and plan to offer soon. So, I will also try and camp at those schools this summer, but if I can’t I will definitely camp at Michigan State, Indiana, Western Michigan, and Pittsburgh.”
Despite a bunch of other 'Power Five' programs showing Hubbard a lot of interest, he still only has three offers from Iowa State, Ball State, and Toledo. The Rockets have done a great job early on recruiting Hubbard and are in great position early on.
“Toledo is a very organized and strong program with a lot of support. As of right now, me and my dad have Toledo very high on my list, but we’re still taking the process slow. Toledo is a great program and close to home, I like them a lot.”
The Rockets are in great position early for Hubbard. The Pioneer High School standout likes Toledo a lot, and it appears that they are the leader early on. However, he is a prospect who is receiving a lot of interest from other schools. I would definitely expect a few Big Ten offers to roll in either before the season or after. Regardless, Toledo will continue to pursue Hubbard.