At the start of the 2013 Ohio high school football season, Sam Hubbard took the field for Archbishop Moeller against Gilman School in the Crosstown Showdown at Kings High School.
At the time, Hubbard was committed to play lacrosse for the University of Notre Dame not thinking his future could be in football. As I told Hubbard following the Crusaders 35-14 win, he needed to accept the fact his future was in football and not lacrosse.
Soon Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer told Hubbard the same offering him a scholarship in the process.
After redshirting for the Buckeyes his freshman while still looking for a position, Hubbard soon found a home at defensive end playing in 40 games, posting 116 tackles and 17 sacks.
Making the decision to enter the 2018 NFL Draft with eligibility remaining, Hubbard would get a major surprise when he was selected by the hometown Cincinnati Bengals in the 3rd round (Pick #77).
Friday, Hubbard took part in the First Star Logistics 2nd Annual March Madness Viewing Party along with teammate Joe Mixon and former Bengals offensive lineman Dave Lapham.
First Star Football Report spoke with Hubbard about his football journey and future with a new head coach and staff.