Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Alabama visit impresses Hubbard
By Will Matthews
Adrian Hubbard, a 6 foot 7, 222 pound defensive end prospect from Georgia has seen his recruitment pick up tremendously over the past few weeks. Hubbard also was recently selected to compete in the Under Armour All-Star game this January. He has picked up scholarship offers from Kentucky, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Clemson, NC State, Georgia State, Florida State, Alabama, Auburn and Georgia.
Hubbard was recently ranked among the top 75 prospects within the ESPNU 150. He has been regarded by ESPN Scouts Inc. as one of the fastest rising prospects in the nation.
And all of these accomplishments have gone on despite Hubbard not playing football during his junior year.
Craig Haubert said recently regarding Hubbard, "The evaluation process is a continual thing that does not stop with the release of the ESPNU 150 in August. While it is not common to find highly ranked talent at this point in the process it is not impossible and Adrian Hubbard is an example of that. A basketball kid with a limited football background, Hubbard's size, ability, and intriguing upside have made him a candidate for the 150 when it is updated next week. He reminds us of a greener version of William Gholston and we feel this kid could be one of the hotter prospects down the stretch here as we move towards national signing day"
He visited Auburn last week to see them play Ole Miss and he was on hand to watch Alabama square off against LSU."
Crimson Confidential was able to speak with Jerome Hubbard, Adrian's father about the unofficial visit.
"Adrian had a great time on the visit. He said that it was the total package. He enjoyed the game atmosphere with all of the energy from the fan base. It's hard to describe how exciting that stadium is when a big SEC game is going on."
Hubbard also got a chance to talk with coach (Nick) Saban for a while despite it being before a major ball game.
"Adrian got to meet with coach Saban and the staff in person. Adrian enjoyed the visit with them because they were very open, up front, and interested in the important things regarding Adrian."
Grades have been an issue that Jerome Hubbard has stressed for a long time now.
"Adrian learned early on that if you don't handle your business in the class room, you won't be playing ball. A few years back when Adrian was in middle school, he brought home substandard grades that just wouldn't cut it. We went to the football coach and informed him that Adrian won't be playing football until those grades are taken care of. We never had to deal with that problem again and Adrian has done great in the class ever since then. Alabama puts a lot of emphasis on academics and that is very important to both Adrian and his parents."
Evidently the students have already done their homework, and were ready for Hubbard when they saw him appear in the stadium.
"There were some 'Bama fans and students in the student section that were cheering and yelling for Adrian when he came in. That really got him excited because he realized that Alabama fans had been talking about the possibility of having him on the team."
Coach Saban has mentioned before what type or role he thinks Adrian could have within Alabama's defensive system.
"Coach Saban told Adrian that he thinks he could be a Jason Taylor type player. He talked to him about playing the Jack position and how he feels that Adrian is a perfect fit there
Regarding his recruitment status -- Adrian has been adamant in stressing that he is indeed "wide open."
"There are no leaders," Adrian Hubbard told CC recently. "I'm interested in the SEC and ACC because most of the teams that are talking to me have great defenses. I would like to play defensive end in college even though a lot of people want me as a tight end. All of the schools that have great defenses are going to be in the mix. It all depends on what I see during my visits and how my year goes in determining where I play ball next year."
Another facet of Hubbard's recruitment is the decision time.
After talking with Hubbard and his father, it seems possible that Hubbard waits to announce during the Under Armour game. If not, it could be sometime in December.
Regardless, it is safe to say that the unofficial visit has put Alabama right in the middle of the race to acquire this big time Georgia prospect.
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