Although it’s hard, patience is sometimes required in the business of recruiting.
Sharpsville 2019 OT Ja’Quay Hubbard is a great example of that.
The Sharpsville, PA product has been in contact with the Pitt coaching staff since the 8th grade.
They’ve always believed he was talented but wanted to see him improve on some things before a scholarship was offered.
Hubbard (6-foot-6, 320 pounds) continued to work and was rewarded last night when he finally received an offer from Pitt.
“Coach Borbely came to our school yesterday and talked to me and my head coach. After that, he left and told me to call him around 8:30 PM,” said Hubbard. “He explained to me how he talked to Coach Narduzzi and they’re excited about me and excited about my potential growth. He then said they wanted to offer me a scholarship and that meant a lot to me.”
What was it like to finally get the word that he had an offer from Pitt?
”It really means a lot and means that they’re true to recruiting the state of Pennsylvania. I planned on winding my recruiting down so it came at the perfect time and I can now officially put Pitt in the mix.”
Hubbard explained that it was difficult when Pitt let go of former offensive line coach John Peterson because they developed a great relationship. However, the process has started with Borbely and so far so good.
“He seems like a great guy and his resume shoes that he’s been around the game for longer than I’ve been born,” said Hubbard. “He loves the game. When he recruits he talks more about life than the game of football because he says that football will always take care of itself if you’re the player they believe you are. He’s knows the game and for him to put his faith in me it means a lot.”
Prior to this news, Mississippi State seemed like the overwhelming favorite to land Hubbard. Now another horse has been added to the race.
“This offer changed some things just because I wanted to wind things down. I never could really consider Pitt because I never had an offer. Now with the offer, I can sitdown with my family and consider them. We’d go over the academics and the opportunity to play,” said Hubbard. “I’m going to take my time and decide which opportunity will make me not only a better football player but a better man.”
”I wouldn’t say Pitt is at the top of my list now but they’re definitely back in the mix.”
Pitt isn’t the only school to show late interest in Hubbard who says that he’s hearing a lot from Michigan State and Clemson and believes both are close to offering him.
Hubbard tells me that he plans to visit Pitt for a camp on June 10.