Darvon Hubbard is a 4-star prospect in the Class of 2020 ranked as the country’s 23rd best tailback in his class.
A Scottsdale (Ariz.) resident and a star at Arizona power Chaparral High School, Hubbard is actually an Akron, Ohio native who moved to the Southwest following his freshman year of high school.
Hubbard chose the Buckeyes over Georgia, LSU, Auburn, Michigan State and a total of 15 scholarship offers.
Hubbard is a complete running back, capable of playing inside the tackle but possessing the speed to get outside of the tackle box as well.
He’s a capable pass-catcher at 6-foot-tall and more than 200 pounds, making him a good fit for the Buckeyes spread offense.
Hubbard will need to get more consistent catching the ball though and work to become a reliable option in pass protection.
Hubbard is likely going to be one of two commitments at running back in the Buckeyes surging Class of 2020.
The Ohio native will bring speed, toughness and Ohio pride back to Columbus, and though that can’t win you games, it certainly is a bonus for kids in the program to have that “boost” of playing for home.
I expect Hubbard to continue to develop his body and his speed over the next two years and for him to be a Mike Weber-type player for the Buckeyes.
When I first saw Darvon Hubbard at Ohio State for Friday Night Lights in July of 2017, I figured it wouldn’t take long for him to become a Buckeye.
Then he moved to Arizona two weeks later, and it seemed like his recruitment could take a few interesting turns.
But as the saying goes, you can take the boy out of Ohio, but you can’t take the Ohio out of the boy. Hubbard knew from the moment he received his Buckeyes offer in late June — after two camp performances in a seven-day stretch with Ohio State — that he’d commit to the Scarlet and Gray, he just didn’t know when.
On the field, you can see all the makings of a big-time running back here. He’s got the size and speed to be a Big Ten player right now and has two years of development to become even more suited for that role. Hubbard’s got excellent straight-line speed and runs low to the ground and with a purpose. There’s not much wasted motion.
I expect Ohio State will continue recruiting another running back in 2020 and locking up Hubbard means they can focus all their energies on a player like 5-star Kendall Milton to join him, knowing full well the running back room come 2020 will be in need of new bodies.
This is a big early decision for Ohio State and a big win for Tony Alford and the Buckeyes.