By Andrew Gorringe
Hubert was lightly recruited during his senior year, as he played high school football in a small town just outside of Mesquite, Nevada, which isn’t well know for producing division one athletes. He received offers from Nevada and San Diego State, in addition to Utah. The Utah coaching staff first noticed Hubert in the spring of 2015, and kept a close eye on him throughout the summer and beginning of the season. The Ute coaching staff finally decided to extend an offer to Hubert in the beginning of October, and Hubert accepted the offer on the spot.
Coming from a high school and region that isn’t well known for producing division one athletes can make it tough to truly evaluate a potential prospect, as often times the level of competition makes it hard to truly understand the caliber of player a prospect is. One rule of thumb though with these type of recruits is that you want to see them dominate the lower level of competition, and that’s exactly what RJ Hubert did. Hubert played all over the field for Moapa Valley High School, lining up at wide receiver, running back, safety, corner back, kick returner and punt returner, and he was very effective in all those places.
Hubert finished his senior season with 2,364 all purpose yards (783 receiving, 723 rushing, 183 interception & 641 return yards), to go along with 31 total TD’s. He intercepted 6 passes on defense, returning one for a touchdown, and had 5 return touchdowns on the year. Hubert was simply faster, stronger and bigger than the opponents he faced, which is what you want to see from somebody in his position. Hubert has a good size and speed relative to other division one athletes, and is also a very good track and field athlete, which makes him even more enticing.
Hubert is one of five sign and sends from the 2016 Utah recruiting class, as he’ll serve an LDS mission straight out of high school prior to enrolling at Utah. Once he returns, the plan is for Hubert to play wide receiver for the Utes.