Sam Hubbard Makes Six for 2014

By Miles Joseph on April 5, 2013 at 5:18p

This weekend is one of the biggest recruiting weekends of the year for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes as many elite prospects will be on campus over the next couple of days.

Archbishop Moeller (OH) athlete Sam Hubbard kicked off the weekend in style by pledging to Urban Meyer and his staff on his unofficial visit today, becoming the sixth member of Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class.

The 6-foot-6, 225-pound freak of an athlete was previously committed to play lacrosse for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for about a year before decommitting Wednesday after deciding football was his true calling.

In addition to Ohio State, Hubbard sported offers from the likes of Boston College, Illinois, Louisville, Miami (FL), Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio, and Stanford.

The Moeller star plays safety for his high school, but projects to play either linebacker or defensive end when he arrives in Columbus to play for his home state team in 2014.

Hubbard is the fourth member of the 2014 class from the state of Ohio, joining Parris Campbell, Marcelys Jones, and Kyle Trout.

We'll catch up with Sam shortly to find out which factors led to him choosing the Buckeyes and why he made the decision to play football instead of lacrosse.

Keep checking 11W for the buzz on this big recruiting weekend.


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Basso Profondo's picture

This is fantastic news! Great start to the weekend, and great steal from ND! (Lax that is... But still!) There is no way he plays safety once he gets here, he will be massive.  Large LB? TE? I don't know, but I'm excited:


dancorona5's picture

checked 11W right before leaving the office for the weekend. what a way to end the work week!!!

BSTP DeCon's picture

Sad news (Deshaun leaving) comes with GREAT news (Hubbard commit) (:

bodast67's picture

This is known as the circle of talent at TOSU...Good luck to both of them in their next endeavors !




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BSTP DeCon's picture

But of course, most definitely!

Maestro's picture

NICE, always good to see (OH) after the high school name.  Added bonus.

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BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Great athlete, has a 90 rating on 247sports. Hopefully we can open up a Moeller pipeline

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spqr2008's picture

We don't want anymore Barry Larkins.

oregonianbuckeye's picture

I remember Urban at the press conference on signing day responding to the question about the LBs in the 2013 class, he smiled and said, "I love the freaks." Hubbard is a freak. That size and speed will be a help whatever position he is plays. Really looking forward to rooting for this guy in S&G. Also, hope this is just the beginning of the good news for tOSU this weekend!

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Imagine the Coombs recruiting pitch: "Do you want to go to South Bend, run around in shorts with a stick in your hand, and freeze your ass off or come to THE Ohio State University and be part of the chase to hoist the crystal football?  

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Do you want to go to South Bend or THE Ohio State University ?

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Buckabroad's picture

Welcome to the family Sam! I especially am looking forward to seeing him tear into our opponents' RBs. Love the size and the speed, but in particular the young man's intensity is impressive.

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BUCKfutter's picture

looking at his film, he is very effective at breaking down and not overpursuing despite his height - numerous times the runner tried to cut back but he was under control enough to still make the tackle.  exactly what we need at LB.

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The 6-foot-6, 225-pound freak of an athlete was previously committed to play lacrosse for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for about a year before de-committing Wednesday after deciding football was his true calling.

So the Irish weren't interested in Hubbard for football? Our good fortune, I guess.
I can see this guy creating serious havoc as a linebacker.

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jaxbuckeye's picture

My guess is that LAX got to him first.  I would think there is some agreement that you don't touch other sports within your school.

Hovenaut's picture

Friday, happy hour and Gray Box alert.

Hot damn!

Welcome aboard Sam Hubbard!

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sorry, stopped reading after 'happy hour'

GoBlueBlood's picture

Congrats on the pick up, this kid has an extremely high ceiling and I would've loved for him to be in our class. I just hope this can somehow help our chances with Berger. 

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Sam Hubbard, welcome my man!!! Thanks for getting the weekend kicked off right! Maybe a Gray Box domino effect?

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AGL's picture

Last post,  hope he can play LAX also,  been real,  late


nickma71's picture

Interesting list of schools. It seems like academics won't be an issue here for an "athlete".

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I really like his film.  Has a nose for the ball and reads the plays well.  I'd like to see him at the Viper position where he can rush the QB and drop back in coverage.
Welcome to tOSU Sam!

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Welcome aboard Sam!  I think you'll love playing for OSU!

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Poison nuts's picture

Looks like plenty of Ohio kids in this class...nice. Welcome young man.

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97Buckeye's picture

Any idea why he didn't have some SEC offers? That's been a bit of a red flag for me in the past. I don't question Coach Meyers' eye for talent, of course, but it's always nice to know you stole the best from the best.

ToothBuck's picture

I believe the kid only played his junior year of HS football, and only LAX before that, thus teams out of this region are just late arriving. I  suspect $EC offers will be coming.

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Geraffi's picture

I read an article on ESPN Insider that offers will be coming!

steensn's picture

No question kid beefs up to a light DE or Viper. M will get him to 260's by his sophomore year, I have no doubts.

jaxbuckeye's picture

Like a PG that grows into a PF.  Can you imagine a DE that can drop into coverage (I mean REAL coverage), sticking to RBs and TE?  That would be a HUGE impact.

partisan's picture

Nice to have a DE/LEO so athletic that he played safety in high school.
Can't believe I just typed that sentence

Michael's picture

My exact thoughts. A HS Safety that we project as a DE/LB? Crazy.

gobucks96's picture

Special athlete and a Cincinnati kid... Great news!

osubuck57's picture

Great news!!Welcome aboard Sam!!


ATXbucknut's picture

What a great way to start the weekend!  I hope it won't be the only gray box this weekend!

QBYBuckeye's picture

I love it when a guy lines up 15 yards off the line of scrimmage and ends up reading the play in time to throw the running back for a 5 yard loss.

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dubjayfootball90's picture

yea buddy!!!!

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Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

I don't know if its me or what but @ 6'6'' and 225lbs. I'd be using this big boy in tight end/slot situations to get a physical passing attack going. I think its more intimidating seeing a 6'6'' receiver comin' at ya when you're only 6'1'' or so as a LB or safety and this monster of an athlete making the tough grab of a catch in a 3rd down situation or end zone situation.

Defend Youngstown's picture

I bet Saban offers tomorrow now.

zbd's picture

Never heard of a 6'6" safety. How about some receivers this size next.

KJR10's picture

 Keep him at safety to troll the other teams.


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MN Buckeye's picture

Ahhhh! This was the gray box I needed tonight!

spqr2008's picture

Honestly, this guy seems ridiculously good.  He plays in a good conference, and looks like a create a player from NCAA football games

MN Buckeye's picture

And Miles, thanks for the update.  You are all I have right now, so this is a heavy responsibility!

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

I have 2 nephews at Moeller. Seeing what those guys put into their school work and athletics, I have complete faith that Sam will do big things and will be a fantastic teammate that helps his Buckeye brothers get better every day. Good luck Sam!

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Long Tall Sammy! 
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chinooker97's picture

This kid sounds like a freak of nature given his size and speed.  I know Urbz is a great recruiter, but I guess I'm still not used to the kind of talent he brings in, it's awesome!  GO BUCKS!!!

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SilverState's picture

Great to see:

“I’ve been talking to other recruits who are big targets for Ohio State,” Hubbard said. “I’m trying to tell them that we have a chance to win a national championship here. I’ve been talking to kids like Kyle Berger. I just committed today so I’m not sure what my role will be, but I’m going to help out recruiting real soon.”

And then this:

“You’re representing something that’s a national symbol,” Hubbard said. “I’m really excited to be a part of Buckeye Nation, which stretches from sea to shining sea. It’s great to be part of such a big family and such a successful program.

jaxbuckeye's picture

After watching his film, I am shocked that he played safety.  I think they missed out on a lot of plays had he been playing LB or DE (assuming the current one aren't better than him).  Long strider.  When he walks up to the line, opposing offenses will have no idea what he is going to do.  Looks like he can literally do it all.  Great add!

SilverState's picture

Sam's length, running style, and swarming ability reminds me a little of Shazier.

Kevbo714's picture

Great news!  Welcome to the Buckeyes!

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buckeyedude's picture

I was at the Division 1 Ohio H.S. championship game, Moeller vs. Whitmer, and was pretty amazed at the overall size of the entire Moeller team. The fact that Moeller had several losses in their league is a testament to the strength of it.
Whitmer had crushed nearly every team they played en route to the championship game. They even beat Mentor 62-34. I think a lot of kids from Moeller have gone to Notre Dame in the past because of the Catholic Connection, but would like to see Meyer create a Glenville type of pipeline to Moeller and other Cincy high schools. Maybe the Spring Game there will help toward that goal?



Buckman's picture

There are only four teams in the gcl south, and Moeller only lost three games all year. 
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3technique's picture

The GCL is the best league in Ohio, hands down! Moeller probably had to play some out of state powerhouses in order to fill out their schedule..They seem to breed 6'6 linemen and other players..

Knarcisi's picture

Big +1 for a recruit from the Nati. And a week before the Spring Game there. Welcome back to OH Cincy!

osubuckeye4life's picture

Awesome news!
Welcome to The Ohio State University Sam!
Urban Assault is now snatching up recruits that commit to other schools for other sports.
I love it! This kid is a freak of an athlete, lots of potential places he could play.
Could he be a future SAM?

Notor's picture

Lot of those highlights were against the highest level of HS competition you are going to find in America: X, Colerain, Elder, etc.
Reminds me a little of Luke Kuechly coming out of HS, not a lot of hype, under the radar, lax player, lot of room to build. Maybe not as fluid, but hopefully he has a similar career.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Looks like another player with some huge defensive potential! I definitely think we are loading up on the defensive side of the ball, which is great!  Now just got to be sure to continue to get I'd love to see him play linebacker or end.offensive players - playmakers and O-linemen!  I love that we picked up Sam.   He definitely looks like he will be a stud at whatever position he lines up at.