COMMITTED: Catching Up with Sam Hubbard

By Miles Joseph on April 8, 2013 at 2:00p

Things are starting to pick back up after a bit of a slow period in the world of recruiting. This means we will see the Buckeyes start scoring more commitments for the 2014 class.

Hubbard became the sixth member of the 2014 class

They did just that this past Friday when Cincinnati (OH) Archbishop Moeller athlete Sam Hubbard gave Urban Meyer his verbal commitment.

The 6-6/225 athlete can play all over the field. He plays safety in high school, but could play any of defensive end, linebacker, safety, and "STAR" at the college level. He has also mentioned there's a chance he could line up some on the offensive side of the ball at tight end.

In addition to his offer from Ohio State, Hubbard held offers from Boston College, Illinois, Louisville, Miami, Miami (OH), Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio, and Stanford.

Hubbard had been committed to Notre Dame to play lacrosse since January of last year, but started to think about playing football after his visit to Ohio State a month ago.

He liked the visit so much that he returned this past Friday and committed to Ohio State on the visit.

We caught up with Sam to get the scoop on his commitment to Ohio State. Keep reading to learn more about the newest Buckeye, Sam Hubbard.

You committed to Ohio State Friday. Why did you decide to become a Buckeye?

I was previously committed to Notre Dame to play lacrosse, but after I talked to Coach Meyer and Coach Fickell and visited with my dad a couple of weeks ago, I knew this is where I wanted to be. I just had to visit with my mom before deciding and my sister tagged along, too. We all had a great day in Columbus and I finished the day off by committing to Ohio State.

How did you commit to Coach Meyer? How did he react?

I think he knew it was coming. My family had been telling him how much they loved Ohio State all day. At the end of the visit I had a meeting with Coach Meyer in his office. He asked me what I thought of the visit and I told him I had made my decision and wanted to be a Buckeye. He stood up, gave me a hug, then we took a lot of pictures and looked around campus a little more.

Why did you decide to play football instead of lacrosse?

It was a really early process. I committed to Notre Dame for lacrosse January of my sophomore year. Then I had a great junior season on the football field and started to get a lot of offers. Football has a much bigger stage. You're playing in front of 100,000 people, where in lacrosse, you're playing in front of about 2,000 people.

What did you get to see on your visit? What were your favorite parts?

The Woody Hayes Athletic Center is awesome. I love the weight room and they have a lot of food for the players. They also showed me where the players live on campus and where upperclassmen live off campus. I loved getting to see the stadium too. I also got to meet with the dean of the business school and I got to meet President Gee.

Did you get to hang out with any other recruits?

I talked to Jabrill Peppers a little, but he was just getting there and I was about to leave. Damon Webb and I talked over Twitter and Kyle Trout congratulated me on my commitment. It's a great group of guys and I'm really looking forward to getting to know them all.

What were the biggest factors in your decision?

My grades and SAT scores are hopefully good enough to get me direct admission into the business school. They also have great tutoring support for the athletes. It's also one of the best football programs in the country. They have a shot to win a championship every year. I also have really good relationships with the coaches.

What kind of relationship do you have with Coach Meyer?

I have a great relationship with him. At first Coach Coombs was my primary recruiter, but recently Coach Meyer took over my recruitment. He loves my family and I talk to him on the phone every two or three days.

What position are you expecting to play at OSU?

The thing the coaches love about me is my versatility. They said they can see me at the 5-tech, player a little linebacker/safety hybrid (STAR), linebacker – if I gain enough weight – or even tight end.

What do you have to say to Buckeye Nation?

I'd just like to say they're getting a guy who will do anything to win and also someone who will represent the school well.


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ODEEZ330's picture

Coach meyer took over recruitment personally safe to say he was a priority n urb got his man

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Hovenaut's picture

Like this kid's versatility, he should do very well as a Buckeye.

yrro's picture

6'6"? That's a big star. Will be interesting to see what position he grows into. Welcome to OSU!

Poison nuts's picture

I was thinking he'd be a great TE...if he can catch, that would be a great spot for a kid that size.

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Jangs78's picture

Seems like a great kid and a great addition to the team.  Welcome, Sam....looking forward to seeing you rep. the Scarlet and Gray!

dubjayfootball90's picture

6'6" lurking around in the defensive backfield as a star? I will gladly take that

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WC Buckeye's picture

And you just know he's going to have great footwork if he was recruited and signed by the Domers to play lacrosse - AFTER HIS SOPHOMORE SEASON!! Great upside in a number of potential roles, and he sounds like a great kid, too. Welcome to tOSU, Sam!!

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southbymidwest's picture

Man, isn't that the truth about footwork-he is a middie, so he is always shifting back and forth, and sprinting up and down the field during the game. If he is a D/long-pole middie, he goes from playing offense to defending in the bat of an eye.
I like that he is hoping to get into Fisher directly- must be a very smart kid. I think to be a direct admit to Fisher you have to meet honors criteria, and you need a darn high ACT to do that.
Congratulations Sam, and welcome to the Scarlet and Gray.

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

I'm just fearful that Sam will have trouble meeting girls. Dude looks like he fell off of a movie poster or a surfboard.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

What do you have to say to Buckeye Nation?
I'd just like to say they're getting a guy who will do anything to win and also someone who will represent the school well.

DAT last line...I like this kid.

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sfgoody's picture

We don't always hit homeruns with the OH parochial schools. Nabbing Hubbard and now Berger feels Reeeeeeal good right about now.


tennbuckeye19's picture

Welcome aboard the Urban train, Sam. Next stop, National Title.

Buckabroad's picture

"I'd just like to say they're getting a guy who will do anything to win and also someone who will represent the school well." Awesome.

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MN Buckeye's picture

Great interview, Miles.  Thanks!

AAStagg's picture

Congratulations, Sam.  You've been on our radar lately and we're excited about your commitment.  Look forward to seeing you in the 'Shoe.

Keep calm.  It's only a game.

bedheadjc's picture

"...and they have a lot of food for the players."
The kid has his priorities in order.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I absolutely love the way Urban gets all excited over getting a commitment!!!  It must be fantastic to witness first hand!!!

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okiebuck's picture

Great news and welcome Sam!
As an FYI to my fellow 11W brethren; Jim Brown, arguably the greatest RB to ever play in the NFL was a fantastic lacrosse player in high school who I believe played both sports while in college at Syracuse.  

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southbymidwest's picture

Yup, they say he was an unbelievable lacrosse player.
Evan Royster, current Washington Redskin and Penn State's all time leading rusher was one helluva  lacrosse player in high school, and was heavily recruited in both sports. Supposedly, JoePa said no way to Royster playing lacrosse and football.

captain obvious's picture

with Sam's athleticsm and frame he could end up being a FREAK in the Dion Jordan  mold

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Sounds like he's got a good head on his shoulders!  I think he's got so many possible options that he could help the team with.  Could definetly see him at outside linebacker or end with his size and speed.  TE is a possibity.  However, I could even see him at WR.  I think he would have a big advantage with his size.  He would be able to outjump most DBs for the ball, but the biggest advantage I think he could bring would be blocking much smaller DBs down the field.  Imagine some of the quicker guys catching a ball downfield and Kyle coming through to throw a key block on a 6 foot 190 pound DB.  I like out chances on that play! 
So welcome to Buckeye Nation Kyle!  It is great to have you aboard and I hope you have a great time at OSU both acedimecally and in football! 
Go Bucks!!

buckeyestu's picture

Sounds like a great kid. Urban took over his recruitment and got him. Great.