The 2016 football season kicked off with a bang for St. John’s College (D.C.) offensive lineman Stanley Hubbard, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound prospect who is primarily concerned with creating audible bangs when he hits crashing defenders. Hubbard’s team laid claim to a 35-14 victory in Week 1, and the senior recruit sees it as the product of an offseason littered with improvement.
“I had an emphasis on getting stronger, getting my weight up because at the end of the season I broke my finger,” Hubbard told Today’s U. “So, I was around maybe 250, 260 at the time. Now I’m over 300 pounds and I worked on my run blocking, so that has improved tremendously. My punch, my overall strength is just a lot better.”
These traits have put Hubbard on the recruiting board for many programs. In fact, Hubbard has double-digit scholarships to his name, and the East Coast recruit updated the status of his recruitment in a recent conversation with Today’s U.
“I have around either 18 or 20 [offers],” Hubbard said. “Coaches text me from time to time. We are just texting around. I text the Nevada offensive line coach a lot. They are just getting out of camp, so we are getting to unofficial visit season and all that. I think staying in contact with them is the main key right now.”
As Hubbard outlined, both teams are busy with their respective seasons. As a result, his plan is to treat the regular season as the time for unofficial visits before embarking on official visits after that point.
“I talked to Nevada about it,” Hubbard said. “We are pushing to try to schedule an official visit after the season and thinking about UConn for a visit, so I think those are two official visits I have in mind.
“I think I will see a lot of coaches when the evaluation period comes back around. I think unofficial visits will be good. I don’t want to be that drawn off the season [with official visits] because we will be busy.”
And when Hubbard does take his unofficial visits, the senior lineman is aiming to keep his recruitment open for the foreseeable future.
“I’m probably not going to commit or make a commitment until after the season because I haven’t taken my officials,” Hubbard said. “I haven’t taken a lot of visits. We are keeping a lot of doors open for more offers. I am hoping for more offers, but I think maybe if I took visits I would commit right now, but I am open to all offers at this point.”
Depending on which schools offer Hubbard, they will have to act swiftly since he may make a decision and issue his verbal commitment a month or more before National Signing Day, which is the first Wednesday of February each year.
“A little bit closer [to National Signing Day],” Hubbard said. “Maybe January or something like that. I have a lot of ACC, San Diego State and a couple Big Ten schools looking at my season, especially since we play this high-caliber schedule that we are playing.”
Hubbard says he does not anticipate distance from home playing a predominant role in his decision-making process, citing a longstanding desire to chase his dreams, even if that means traveling away from home for school.
“I think technology is set up so we can still stay in contact with each other even from a far distance, and we could set up plane tickets where I could go visit her and she definitely wants to come visit me if I go out to Nevada or San Diego,” Hubbard said. “I don’t think it will be an issue at all.”
Once in college, Hubbard wants to major in business so that he can stay around the game of football, either as a general manager or a similar role in the field of football.