Every Friday, SEC Country will introduce a lesser-known recruit in the Southeast as part of a weekly spotlight series. This week’s Friday Night Spotlight is on Jeffrey Hubbard, a cornerback out of Woodward Academy in Atlanta, Ga.
- Name: Jeffrey Hubbard
- High School: Woodward Academy
- Position: CB
- Ranking: Unranked
- Offers: Miami (Ohio)
- Class: 2017
Ryan Davis can recall the first time he saw Jeffrey Hubbard five years ago playing in the Metro Atlanta Youth Football League.
“If you ever go back and see his recreation ball and middle school film, it was pretty impressive the stuff he could do on the football field,” said Davis, a longtime assistant coach at Woodward Academy (Atlanta, Ga.).
“I knew he had the ability to be one of the top players in the city.”
Coincidentally, Davis has had the luxury of coaching Hubbard over the last three years. The rising cornerback is not yet a household name, but several schools have begun to take notice of his talents, including Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Notre Dame, among others. His only offer has come from Miami (Ohio), but Hubbard has heard several high remarks from onlooking coaches.
“They’re looking for me to really pick my speed up and get a little faster,” Hubbard told SEC Country. “They say I break on the ball pretty quickly and come downhill and make tackles.”
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound prospect has seen his recruitment pick up following spring practices, where he caught the attention of several major colleges. Coaches have been impressed with Hubbard’s natural instincts as a cornerback, Davis said, despite having never played the position before.
Originally, Hubbard served as a punt returner and wide receiver for Woodward during his freshman and sophomore seasons, before making the transition to the secondary this year.
“He’s very electric, especially when he gets the ball in his hands,” Davis said. “He did some things as a ninth grader that kind of wowed you away.”
Through nine games, Hubbard’s transition has paid dividends. He’s carved out his role on the defense as a lockdown defender. He’s registered 17 tackles, two interceptions and a defensive touchdown. Not to mention, Hubbard is getting back to his old ways — he’s recorded 166 punt return yards and one touchdown.
Whatever school extends an offer, Davis knows what the program will be getting in return.
“They’ll get a player that can make things happen, whether that’s in the punt return game or the secondary,” Davis said. “He’s an electric player who can make things happen. He has a high level of confidence and swagger on the field. That’s what you need from a defensive back. He doesn’t back down from anything.”
Hubbard is currently unranked in Georgia in the 2017 class.