11W Community Interview: Sam Hubbard

By Jeremy Birmingham on June 16, 2013 at 6:00p
The 11W Community Interview is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people. You submit the questions, vote on them, and then we pass the top ones on to the biggest names in the world of Ohio State athletics.

Sunday night at 6pm is officially 11W Community Interview time and this week we're back with one of the most enigmatic and talented athletes from Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class, Cincinnati Moeller star Sam Hubbard. Hubbard chose Ohio State football over Notre Dame lacrosse in early April and since then he's been a key component to Ohio State's pursuit of a number of other players. At 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds, Hubbard could potentially play a number of different positions at Ohio State and is likely to be a fan favorite because of his versatility and team-first mentality.

So, if this is the first 11W Community Interview you've ever read, welcome to our site. If you're a return reader, thank you for making us a part of your Father's Day.

Enough of my yammering, let's get to goods.

What position do you see yourself playing in college? - TheObi

SH: I am playing safety or rover linebacker this year at 225 pounds for Moeller. I have no idea where I will play once I get onto campus and start putting college weight on. My gut feeling is either at outside linebacker or tight end, though.

What other players are you currently helping recruit? - ColoradoBuck

SH: All of us (the 2014 commitments) have a group message that is going constantly and I think we really do a good job of working together to try and help recruit. We have all put in work sharing information and talking to a bunch of guys like Demetrius Knox, Brandon Harris, and many more. We are focused on bringing in the best players we can that fit what Ohio State is looking for.

Can you talk about your journey from being a one time Notre Dame lacrosse recruit to becoming a football commit to Ohio State? - Hovenaut

Sam Hubbard Chose Ohio State Over Notre Dame Lacrosse"Hubbs" Prefers Skyline Chili

SH: I started playing both sports in third grade and I have always loved them both. I couldn't have dreamed I would have so many great opportunities to play them both at the next level, but in the end I felt like Ohio State was the best place for me to feel at home and be successful. It was hard to change my mind and decommit from a program I was committed to for a year, but I will always be a Notre Dame lacrosse fan and will always be grateful for their interest in me.

Would you be cool with the possibility of Demetrius Knox joining you sometime in the future? - Meechy77

SH: I would be more than cool with having Demetrius Knox at Ohio State. In fact, I would love it! It is a huge priority for us to get him to join the family, and I know he is an incredible player. We hope he decides to come home.

Would you prefer playing offense or defense in college?  Basically all recruiting sites have speculated you are definitely an OLB, but how do you feel about the TE position?  - TDIBLE2132

SH: I've played defense my whole high school career so it will be a transition if I am asked to switch sides of the ball. That said, I am more than willing to play tight end, defensive end, linebacker, safety or anywhere else if that's what's best for the program.

What was your favorite part of the campus tour - LilBuckeye

SH: My favorite parts were meeting with Urban Meyer, meeting with Gordon Gee, and just getting to know the staff and the program. The weight room and Woody Hayes facilities really impressed me, too. I loved everything about both my visits, and have been on campus a number of times with my sister (she graduated from Ohio State last month).

You were originally committed to another school for lacrosse and are now committed to play football at OSU. I was wondering which sport you enjoy the most? Which one is most fun for you? - Poison Nuts

SH: I have always loved them both, but there is nothing like playing a football game with thousands of fans there watching you play. I have mainly been focusing on football for the past year and I would say it is my favorite sport.

Being a Cincinnati kid from Moeller do you think Ohio State can consistently get top GCL kids?  - ODeez330

SH: I hope so! Coach Meyer loves the GCL. He has offered Justin Hilliard, Derek Kief, and myself recently, so it appears he knows there's players here. There is so much talent in this league, and I have a feeling Ohio State will be very successful recruiting there in the future. 

WE hope he decides to come home. - On Demetrius Knox

What are your favorite things to do outside of football? - MN Buckeye

SH: I like to go fishing with my friends as often as I can. I keep pretty busy with a tough class schedule, football and lacrosse, but the main things I do with my free time are fish, lift, swim, and hang out with my friends.

Gold Star or Skyline? - Right Again

SH: Skyline! I have one right by my house and it never gets old.

Thank you for all of the questions! Things are going very well for the 2014 class, and the Ohio State football program. I can't wait to get up in Columbus to represent Buckeye Nation! Thanks again for having me. 


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tdible2132's picture

You are a class act Mr. Hubbard, we are glad to have you aboard!  The one common trend for this recruiting class is that all of these kids are so well spoken and are truly good kids.  OSU football is in good hands for the future!

Becool12's picture

Damn I wonder who that Meechy77 person is. 

Phillips.449's picture

Meechy's question cracked me up

Meechy77's picture

Aww shucks!

Angry staff, Angry team. The Ohio State

+2 HS
Buckeye1996's picture

Forget the helmet stickers, there's some real love for Meechy!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

At this point you could do the alphabet and get 25 upvotes. :/

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Buckeye1996's picture

True that. That's your title Meechy is eyeing.. :-)
BUCKEYEVSTHEWORLD versus Meechy in the circle drill. Let's do it!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

The only way I could get that many upvotes off a simple comment would be if I were Braxton, or looked like Elika. :/

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

tdible2132's picture

Like Mr. Hubbard said, come on home to where you're loved big fella!

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

I second that!  Would great to have Meechy on the O-Line!  You know you're lover in Columbus!  Hope to see ya in Scarlet and Gray!

ODEEZ330's picture

First time one of my questions was used. Cha ching!! Lol and I liked his answer to my question

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Poison nuts's picture

Thanks for the answers & taking the time to do this. Great responses, particularly about which sport you enjoy most & this Knox character...

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

harleymanjax's picture

"Would you be cool with the possibility of Demetrius Knox joining you sometime in the future? - Meechy77"
THAT was absolute Meechiness right there!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

SH: Skyline! I have one right by my house and it never gets old.

I'm sure this made the Skyline haters frown.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

cajunbuckeye's picture

Fantastic interview. These are quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I can't wait to see Sam in Scarlet and Gray.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

Poison nuts's picture

Yep - this series is rad...Need to get more commits up in here so that it can keep going through to the season at least!

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

jaxbuckeye's picture

Haha!  Big Meech!  Gotta love him!  My wife has little interest in my sports following but she loved it when I told her he's interacting with us fans!  Might have to post a pic of her wearing his jersey!  

Hovenaut's picture

Man, as great as the community interview feature is, these young men are impressive - on and off the field.

Sin City Buckeye's picture

Staff, I love this format with the current commits. Is there any thought of conducting community interviews with current players? I think it would be cool to hear from the Von Bells',Cam Burrows', of the 13' class. as well as the Carlos Hyde's etc.. Just a thought.

Is there a difference between Viper and Leo? "No, we just thought Viper sounded cooler."---Former Buckeye Coach Mike Vrabel

MN Buckeye's picture

Great young man!  I never fished until I got to MN, and now I fish every chance I get.  I am curious to know what Hubbs fishes for most of all.  I go for largemouth bass on my lake, but walleye are my favorite.

bodast67's picture

Care to divulge your good fishing spots MN BUCKEYE ?
I do most of my fishing in Wisconsin, but looking for some hot spots closer to Blaine.




     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

MN Buckeye's picture

Hah, I go to WI as well, at my cabin near Balsam Lake.  In MN, I usually go to Mille Lacs, although this year really sucks with the new limits.

MN Buckeye's picture

It seems like we have already done more than the questions in a typical interview with Meechy, as he has been gracious enough to answer questions on the open thread!  Awesome that he posed one of the questions for Sam.

almurray10's picture

This Meechy77 character sure provides some insightful questions..

unholy bucknut's picture

I love watching Ohio kids stay home and give there all in Columbus.

cinserious's picture

"Hubbs" Prefers Skyline Chili

"Hubbs" is a good Cincinnati boy!

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

2002osubuck's picture

Thanks for another great interview this is definitely one of my favorite reads now.Id have to agree the character levels of these guys is great. Makes me proud to know we're adding such good people to represent our great university. Urban gets the best talent in the country but seems to value character just as much. Meyer knows to win tough games it's character that can be the deciding factor. Keep em coming to the good guys uh hmm meechy77 can't wait to see who fills out the class. Go bucks!

buckeyestu's picture

These community interviews are awesome. I look forward to them every week.

route4buckeye's picture

Excited that Sam is a Buckeye. Who's next? Booker, Campbell, or Nuernberger?

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Very good interview!  Great to get to know Sam Hubbard a little better.  He's going to be a great player for the Bucks!