Commitment No. 6 in the Class of 2014 is in the books and for Sam Hubbard (Cincinnati/Archbishop Moeller) it was just a natural fit.
Mere days after giving his decommitment to Notre Dame as a lacrosse player, the outside linebacker found a new home at Ohio State, and in a different sport, football.
“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.
“I visited a few weeks ago and was sold right away. I did a good job of keeping that to myself. I knew all along when I visited this time I was going to be ready to commit. I love everything about it. Coach [Urban] Meyer and his staff were just great in expressing an interest in me and telling me what they want from me.”
The Buckeyes rolled out the red carpet for the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Hubbard, who had one-on-one meetings with both Meyer and university president E. Gordon Gee on Friday.
Ohio State is already familiar to Hubbard and his family, however, as his sister Madison is currently a senior at the university. Sam brought along his mother on Friday as well.
In giving his commitment to the Buckeyes, Hubbard turned down offers from Boston College, Illinois, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Miami (Ohio), Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio and Stanford and interest from Duke.
Hubbard becomes the first linebacker taken in the junior class in what the Buckeyes hope is a strong position for them in 2014. He joins running back Parris Campbell Jr. (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary), defensive tackle Dylan Thompson (Lombard, Ill./Montini Catholic), cornerback Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech) and offensive tackles Marcelys Jones (Cleveland/Glenville) and Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) as early pledges for the Buckeyes.
Playing free safety last season, Hubbard registered 75 tackles -- seven for loss -- forced two fumbles, intercepted two passes and also had a fumble recovery.
And just because Hubbard committed doesn’t mean he’s done with the Buckeyes until February.
“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.”