It’s been a busy offseason for four-star running back Darvon Hubbard.
He’s at a new school and will have a potentially new college destination.
Hubbard transferred from Chaparral to Willow Canyon this offseason. The running back said he had over an hour commute to Chaparral and wanted to play and attend school closer to where he lives.
He also re-opened his recruitment after being a longtime Ohio State commit, citing the Buckeyes’ coaching changes as a significant reason.
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— Darvon Hubbard (@Iam_dxii) February 21, 2019
“I just felt like Ohio State was the right fit for me at that moment, so we’ll see what happens down the road,” Hubbard said. “It’s still one of my top schools.”
Along with the Buckeyes, Hubbard said LSU, Tennessee, Oregon, Texas A&M and Georgia are among the school recruiting him hardest. He also picked up an offer from Purdue since re-opening his commitment.
— Darvon Hubbard (@Iam_dxii) March 15, 2019
Hubbard tries to style his game after Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and New York Giants back Saquon Barkley.
“I’m very versatile, I can cut in the backfield, I can block,” Hubbard said. “I can run people over, I can run around you. I can beat you with speed, just an all-around back.”
Hubbard is coming off a junior season where he rushed for 821 yards and nine touchdowns in nine games. He missed nearly a month of the regular season due to an ankle injury. Before that injury, he averaged 125.5 yards per game and 9.84 yards per carry with seven touchdowns in a four game span.
He now is focused on helping a Willow Canyon that is coming off a 4-6 season.
“We have a great program, I think we can do something very big this year,” Hubbard said. “I think we’ll definitely make the playoffs. I just think we have a special team this year and I can’t wait for everybody to see it.”
And as for a timeline on his recruitment, Hubbard is planning visits this spring but doesn’t have a commitment date in mind. He will use lessons he learned earlier in his recruitment when he makes his decision.
“I learned a lot about how this process works and about how relatioships can affect decisions and how important relationships are with coaches.”