So why not hockey, eh? That just isn’t Chuba Hubbard’s style.
“Hockey’s just not my thing,” the speedster running back from Bev Facey High School in Sherwood Park, Alberta,told SEC Country.
Seems as if Hubbard has made the correct choice when he veered away from the frozen pond. The surging prospect has picked up six scholarship offers to play college football in the United States. One of his latest offers is from Tennessee. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder said he’s unsure of which schools he’ll visit. However, the Vols will be on the list.
“Definitely Tennessee,” he said. “Tennessee is one I want to visit.”
Hubbard could be hard to figure. Because he’s north of the border, he hasn’t been evaluated by a variety of scouting services. However, one thing is for sure: he’s fast. As a sophomore, Hubbard posted a 10.55-second time in the 100-meter dash. That’s when schools started to take notice.
“It’s amazing,” he said. “It’s a great feeling. It all happened just fairly recently so it’s pretty overwhelming. I love it.”
Hubbard’s affinity and success for track makes his recruitment a little trickier than most. First, he said he’s “100 percent” sure he wants to run track while playing football in college. Any school he’s considering would have to approve as much. Second, Hubbard could potentially be offered a professional track contract if his times continue to improve. As for a favorite sport between track and football?
“I can’t really say,” Hubbard said. “I like them both to be honest.”
There are distinct differences between the two. Hubbard likes what each have to offer. He said he likes being an individual in track but appreciates the camaraderie of football.
“I like how much of a brotherhood you have there and how much it comes together,” he said. “You look across the field, it’s just you and your brothers. You can look across the field and you can count on them.”
Hubbard said while football can’t top hockey as the sport of choice in Canada, it is popular in his hometown. It’s always been one of his favorite endeavors.
“I like hitting people,” Hubbard said. “I like the aggression of the sport and the whole team mentality.”
Hubbard currently has six scholarship offers, from Tennessee, Colorado State, Washington State, Oklahoma State, Syracuse and Bowling Green.
Hubbard knows American football better than many Canadiens. He said he’s a big fan of the NFL and enjoyed the College Football Playoff. He already has a strong impression of the SEC.
“Oh yes, I do,” he said with a chuckle. “I have the impression that the SEC is the best conference.”
Tennessee can certainly benefit from that notion.