Updated: Badgers Find In-State Gem

Having watched him all season since running a blazing 40-yard dash time at Wisconsin's high school summer camp, the UW coaches finally pulled the trigger and offered Waukesha Catholic Memorial athlete Matt Hubley Monday night. It didn't take him long to accept that offer.

MADISON - Having built its program on the shoulders of under-the-radar in-state prospects, the Wisconsin coaching staff has no hesitation of getting senior Matt Hubley his first big scholarship offer. In turn, the 6-2, 205-pound athlete/workaholic had no problem accepting his dream offer.

A four-year starter for Waukesha Catholic Memorial, Hubley was rewarded for his work ethic with a scholarship from Wisconsin Monday evening; an offer he accepted the next morning.

"He's a high caliber kid and this is a dream come through for him," Catholic Memorial head coach Bill Young told Badger Nation. "Any kid in Wisconsin would give his right arm to do that, and Matt has worked extremely hard."

The 6-2, 195 pounds is the 15th verbal commit to Wisconsin's 2013 recruiting class and the seventh from in-state. Like many of those in-state commits, Hubley made his presence known at Wisconsin's high school summer camp, running a sub 4.53 40-yard dash in front of the coaches.

"I think that really sparked some interest," said Young of Hubley, who also runs a 6.7 in the 55 meters. "He did really well at their camp and Wisconsin watched him all year long."

In addition to Wisconsin, Hubley, according to Young, has been getting interest from Central Michigan, Colorado State, North Dakota State and Western Michigan.

Hubley started as a free safety, played strong safety last year and has played linebacker this past season for the Crusaders, who finished second in the Classic 8 behind the state's top Division 1 team in Hartland Arrowhead.

Hubley has rushed for 1,187 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, averaging over 8.3 yards per carry, and leads the team in tackles for loss and sacks. In Catholic Memorial's first-round playoff win over Brown Deer, Hubley registered three sacks.

According to Young, Wisconsin is recruiting Hubley as a safety and the Badgers are getting an "incredible worker who averages three hours in the weight room and is super competitive."

"He's had a phenomenal year this past year," said Young. "He's got great pad level and his feet are some of the best we've had in regards to our front seven. The kid is super dedicated in the weight room and he is just a great young man.

"It was a no brainer for Matt. Wisconsin was his number one choice. It's a great deal for both Matt and his family and for Catholic Memorial."

The following is a question-answer segment with Hubley

Matt, this has to be a dream come true for you isn't it?

Hubley: For sure! It's been a lifelong dream of mine to play for the Badgers and coach Bielema. I'm really excited to play for him. It really means everything. It's been a dream of mine since I was a little kid. It truly is an honor. I am really blessed to have the opportunity.

Tell me how you have progressed the last couple years to where you find yourself in the position that you are in now?

Hubley: I weight train religiously. I take that very seriously. I also run track. I think both of those things really help me. I went to a bunch of football camps throughout the summer. The Wisconsin coaches said I ran the fastest 40-yard dash time out of the 500 kids they had a camp. I think that really helped me overall. That helped me earn a preferred walk-on spot on the final day of camp.

What other scholarship interest did you have before Monday?

Hubley: I had scholarship offers from Southeast Missouri, South Dakota and St. Cloud State. I had a walk-on offer from Boise State, which was my only offer to play offense.

What was the phone call like from Bielema Monday night? Did he say why he was increasing the offer?

Hubley: It was a huge surprise. All my friends, family and coaches knew, but I didn't find out until I got that call around 8 p.m. last night. He likes my speed, likes the way I play, likes that I am physical. He said he wanted to start me at safety and depending how I grow, I would move to linebacker.

How has playing all over the defense in the last four years really helped you develop?

Hubley: My freshman year I started as a cornerback, and then I moved to free safety, strong safety and now to defensive end/outside linebacker. I think playing cornerback and free safety have really helped with my footwork. I think just being in the weight room and getting bigger in general has helped me my senior season.

Since the end of your junior year, how much bigger have you grown?

Hubley: At the end of the season last year, I weighted about 190 pounds. The highest weight I got up to in the winter was 212. I run track in the spring, so I lost about five pounds in there. I started the season around 205 pounds, and that's where I am right now.

You told me you were at the Northern Iowa game and that you are going to be visiting this weekend. Have you had a chance to talk to any UW commits yet from in-state?

Hubley: I haven't talked to them too much. I have definitely heard of T.J. Watt. We've played Pewaukee the last three years in the playoffs, so I definitely know who he is. I have heard of the Brookfield kids (Alec James and Chikwe Obasih) because I have a bunch of kids who are friends with them and I have run against them in track.

You are going to play Watt again on Friday. Give me a little scouting report on him.

Hubley: He's a good player. He's big. He's athletic. I think it's going to be a very good game. Both teams are very good. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.

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