Citrus Linebacker Hubbard Has Choice to Make

Citrus (Calif.) College linebacker David Hubbard (6-0, 235) has a choice to make, and it needs to be made soon: take the offer from Buffalo and be playing D-I football by the fall, or spend one more season at Citrus before joining the D-I ranks.

"Buffalo offered me a month ago.  I took a trip out there last weekend and I really like the program.  I loved Coach (Turner) Gill.  It's still up in the air.  My main look right now, though, is Buffalo.  That's where I'm looking," said Hubbard.

Hubbard, though, isn't locked into Buffalo, which could enable him to come back for the 2006 season and secure some more offers.

"I could come back, its just depending on the situation," said Hubbard.  "If I had to choose, I could go there because it's a great fit.  I could have three years to play three, or if I stay at Citrus, I'd have two to play two."

When Buffalo offered Hubbard, even they weren't expecting him to make a decision until the season.  Then they figured out he could come in sooner.

"Basically, they didn't know I could leave.  They offered me to come in December, but when I told them I can leave now, they said either wait until December or come on in now," said Hubbard.

Despite that being his only offer, Hubbard has been securing interest from some other programs.

"Utah, Washington, California, San Jose State and UNLV are all interested," said Hubbard.  "I'm getting recruited at linebacker and I prefer the outside, but I'll play anywhere."

Following his final season at Etiwanda (Calif.) High, he received an offer from Utah when Urban Meyer was the head coach.  He was a non-qualifier, though, and ended up at Citrus.

Now, getting his academics back on track and continuing his football career, the opportunities are beginning to roll in.

"My family is behind me 100%, whatever decision I make, they'll stick with it," said Hubbard.  "I'll be done with the classes I need to take, so if I stick around, I'll maybe start with my core classes and degree classes.  If I stay, I'm not going to waste time, I'll get some more classes out of the way.

Last fall, Hubbard recorded 50 tackles and four sacks for Citrus.


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