One FBS offer already in for Iowa Western TE

A rising JUCO prospect on recruiting boards has been Iowa Western TE Ryan Hubbell (6-5, 235). The talented athlete entered college as a solid receiving target, but his blocking has improved enough that he will be playing a more traditional tight end role this fall...

Hubbell prepped at Marion (Ia.) High School and was a full-qualifier, but because he wasn't considered big enough or strong enough to play a traditional tight end role, he didn't get a lot of recruiting attention.

"My brother went to Iowa Central and so it was between that school and Iowa Western," Hubbell told JCFootball.com. "I liked the coaches here and they were constantly in touch with me and I just felt like it was the right place for me."

As a freshman last fall, Hubbell arrived weighing 220 pounds so the Iowa Western coaches put him at the H-Back position.

"I only started one game and we had a couple sophomore tight ends that were 250, so they played a lot more than I did," Hubbell noted. "I wanted to get stronger and bulk-up some more and now that I'm up to 235 pounds, I'll be playing a lot more of the tight end position.

"We run a lot of spread, no-huddle and I get split out a lot, but I've really worked on my blocking and I'm feeling more confident in that area."

With his size, hands and 4.7 speed, schools have shown quite a bit of interest including one Sun Belt school who was the first to offer the talented prospect.

"Florida International has offered," Hubbell said. "Missouri State offered me and wants me for this season, but I'm not going to leave early and I let them know that.

"The other schools I've been hearing from and talking to are Kansas and Oregon and also Toledo.

"Kansas and Oregon are just letters right now, but Toledo has told me they want to offer, but they want me to come up there on an unofficial visit and if I do that then I will probably get an offer."

Hubbell said he plans to wait out the recruiting process and won't make a hasty decision.

"I really want to look at all of my options," Hubbell said. "I don't plan on deciding too early. I want to take some visits and see which other schools want to offer and then I will weigh all of the pros and cons of each school."

Hubbell is on pace to finish up his schoolwork this December and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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