By Andrew Gorringe
Utah picked up another commitment for the 2016 recruiting class on Thursday night, as Moapa Valley HS “do it all” athlete R.J. Hubert committed to play for the Utes, after receiving an offer just minutes before making his decision.
The lines of contact between Utah and Hubert started back in the spring, when linebacker’s coach Justin Ena started recruiting Hubert, but the very coveted offer came just last night, after wide receivers’ coach Taylor Stubblefield had the opportunity to watch Hubert in person at practice. “The recruiting process has gone very well for me,” Hubert said. “Coach Ena began recruiting me back in the spring, and Utah started showing a lot more interest in me over the past two weeks. I got offered right after school today (Thursday the 1st) and committed on the spot!” It was an easy decision for Hubert once he got the offer, because he had been waiting specifically for an offer from the Utes, and wasted no time in making sure he could cash in on that offer. “It was really humbling getting that offer from Coach Stubblefield. Utah is a dream school of mine, so for them to offer me, I was taken back by it.”
It isn’t often that you hear a recruit not from the state of Utah call the Utes their “dream school”, but Hubert has a good reason why he had his sights set on Utah all along. “Utah has a great tradition of winning, and they’re a PAC 12 school, which I think is the best conference in the country. Utah is also fairly close to where I currently live, so there will be plenty of people that I know that will be able to support me.” Another thing about Utah that caught Hubert’s attention was the beat down of reigning PAC 12 champion Oregon Ducks. “Yeah, I watched that game and it was impressive. That was partially what impressed me about Utah so much.” Hubert also got the chance to build a strong relationship with his recruiter early on, and it ended up paying big dividends. “I love Coach Ena! He’s an awesome, genuine guy and he is probably my favorite coach that has been recruiting me.”
The 6’0-175lb athlete has been flying under the radar for most of his high school career, as he attends Moapa Valley High School in Overton, NV, which is an hour north east of Las Vegas, and isn’t exactly known for producing division one athletes. Hubert is being recruited by Utah to play wide receiver, but will line up and play RB, WR, S, CB, PR and KR for his high school. When asked what his strengths were as a player, Hubert pointed to the mental side of the game. “My knowledge of the game is my strength. If I don’t have the advantage of raw talent, I make up for it with my football IQ or with the film that I have studied.”
It’s not often that Huber will lose out on that raw talent advantage in high school though, as in addition to being a division one caliber football player, Hubert is also an elite jumper in track and field. Hubert has tallied personal bests of 6’7” in the high jump, and 23’2” in the long jump, both of which rank very favorably across the country. As for the actual sport of football, Hubert is pretty good at that too. In 2014, Hubert caught 49 passes for 964 yards and 14 touchdowns, while racking up 71 tackles and 6 INT’s on defense. So far in 2015, Hubert has 11 catches for 225 yards and 4 TD’s, but has been playing mostly running back for his team, and has 363 yards on 28 carries and 7 TD’s. Oh, he also has 4 kickoff return touchdowns and 3 INT’s to go along with those offensive statistics. Like I said earlier, Hubert is quite literally the “do it all” player.
Prior to his commitment to Utah, Hubert was being recruiting by BYU, San Diego State, Nevada, Weber State and Northern Arizona, and held offers from those latter three. Hubert will serve an LDS mission prior to enrolling at Utah, as he said it has been a goal of his since he was 10 to serve one. Hubert also said he is firm in his commitment to Utah, but hasn’t decided 100% whether or not he will shut down his recruitment.