It's not just what's happening on the field, but what's right for your college football program. Ohio State added a key piece today. How will this commitment affect the horse chestnuts?
Ohio State landed a pledge from one of the nation's best running backs, as Scottsdale, Arizona, chaparral four stars back Darvon Hubbard pledged his services to the horse chestnuts on Wednesday night, just over a month after he landed an offer following Friday night lights.
Let's take a closer look at what Hubbard – the # 232 overall in the 2020 class – brings to Columbus.
ON THE FIELD
The 6-foot 200-pound Hubbard is built in the same shape as Ohio State and begins running backs Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins, and is quite athletic for his strong frame.
"In the short time I've worked with him, I've said what makes him dynamic and a good weapon for us is his size, speed and ability to catch the ball from the backcourt," Chaparral said first. Year Offensive Coordinator Tim Kohner narrated Eleven Warriors . "It really makes him a good all-rounder for us, he's a tough guy who can bring it down."
Hubbard hurried for 503 yards and seven touchdowns and caught a pass for 20 yards and another score in 1
"Whether it's 3rd-and-1 and he's up front and gets me down the first or it's 3rd-and-20, I will not have a problem sending him on a pass route and not being afraid of that I'll catch the ball to get me the yards we need, "Kohner said." He's strong enough to score 4-0 and quick, agile and skilled enough to get the ball out of the box To catch the back room to get a big yard if needed. "
Hubbard could certainly improve his blockade technique and his ability to grip his hands as he exits the backfield, which was a minor problem during the Buckeyes' one-day camp this month. But after all, he is only 16 years old and learns the subtleties of the game.
"He is still a young child," said Kohner. "Whether it just stays focused every day and enjoys working hard to get where he needs to be, he was blessed with a skillset when he was young, so he just has to keep working on his leadership skills and enjoy the process so that it becomes second nature when Friday night comes, that will come in the next two years. "
Hubbard becomes the sixth member of Ohio State's 2020 recruitment category yet to be named and joins Cincinnati St. Xavier's five-star offensive attack Paris Johnson Jr., Arizona's four-star quarterback Jack Miller III, Florida Four-star cornerback Lejond Cavazos, Georgia Four-star offensive tackle Jake Wray and New Jersey four-star offensive guard Luke Wypler.
Current starters Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins will both go to the National Football League when this campus course begins, setting new freshman Brian Snead and Master Teague III in motion as the only true running backs for the scholarship. Similarly, questions remain as to whether Steele Chambers will play running back or linebacker at the next level, meaning that Sampson James is the only true running back in the cycle.
Landing Hubbard gives the horse-chestnuts a much needed depth at the location and allows employees to search for the stars, looking for a second run back to the next cycle. The pool is particularly deep, featuring California five-star Kendall Milton, Maryland five-star Marshawn Lloyd, Texas five-star Zachary Evans, Virginia five-star Chris Tyree, Dublin Coffman four-star Michael Drennen II, Florida Four-star Demarkcus Bowman and Texas four-star emitter "EJ" Smith all held an offer and showed significant interest in the state of Ohio at the start of the process.
Milton, though heavily coached by the West Coast, has established a good relationship with running back coach Tony Alford and is considering a visit this fall. Drennen was not shy about his affinity for the Buckeyes, though he's likely to be a H-back on the next level, like his cousin Jaelen Gill.
Smith – the son of Hall of Famer who runs back from Emmitt Smith – visited this spring, but the state of Ohio is facing a serious fight against its father's alma mater, Florida. And Bowman, not least, called the Buckeyes his "dream school," though he's still looking forward to his first trip to Columbus.
Originally from Akron, Hubbard relocated to Scottsdale for familial reasons before beginning his sophomore year. There he shares a backfield with the aforementioned Miller.
"We are like best friends, I could call him now and he would pick up," Hubbard said. "We have a very good connection right now."
The horse chestnuts already had an excellent chance of landing Hubbard no matter how long it took, Miller's promise just days later secured the deal. Miller eventually mentioned Hubbard as one of his top goals before he even did.
"I'd like to sign up soon, just so I can start building my class," Miller said after Friday Night Lights. "Like Lejond, [Pennsylvania five-star wide receiver] Julian Fleming and [California five-star running back] Kendall Milton. My teammate Darvon too. I have a lot of people in my head."
Half of this list is already in the series. We'll see if Ohio State can thwart the rest as well.