Hubbard Talks About UCLA Visit

Chris Hubbard, the 6-5, 250-pound offensive tackle prospect from Columbus (Georgia) Carver, has quickly collected some big-time scholarship offers this fall, and he took his first official visit -- to UCLA -- last weekend...

The lone official visitor UCLA hosted last weekend was from out-of-state, the Columbus (Georgia) Carver offensive lineman, Chris Hubbard.

"It went really good," said Hubbard. "It was my first official visit that I took and it was my first time out to California. California was nice and a lot different then I thought."

Hubbard was hosted by freshman defensive lineman Justin Mann, but also spent ample time with several other current players.

"Justin was my host, but we hung out with a lot of the guys. They are all really cool. Coach Angus (McClure) showed me around and I also got to talk a lot with Coach (Bob) Palcic and Coach (Rick) Neuheisel. They were good people," said Hubbard.

Hubbard, who stands 6-5, and weighs 250, said the UCLA coaches envision him playing offensive tackle, and early.

And that sounds good to him. "I want to go somewhere where I can play as a freshman," Hubbard said. "I'm planning on putting on about 40-50 more pounds. UCLA said that they want me to play tackle because I'm tall and athletic."

Hubbard also got to see the Rose Bowl for the first time in person, a place he had only seen on television. "The grass was real nice and it was a nice stadium," said Hubbard. "The campus and the facilities at UCLA were really nice, too."

Hubbard said he has offers from schools like Mississippi State, Duke, South Florida, Florida State and Florida, and that the two in-state schools, Georgia and Georgia Tech, are both recruiting him but have yet to offer. Which is fine by him.

"Honestly, I would like to get out and go away to college, somewhere far," said Hubbard.

Hubbard said his top five include UCLA, Duke, Mississippi State, South Florida and UAB, but that no school has emerged as a leader.

"I'm going to take all five of my visits and not decide until then," said Hubbard.

Academically, Hubbard has a 2.9 GPA and scored a 20 on the ACT.

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