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.

Photo By: Scott Reed

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).

Sam Hubbard & Joe Mixon at First Star Logistics 2nd Annual Watch Party at March First Brewing

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.


Dave Berk

Team publisher and recruiting analyst for from 2002-2017. Founded Dave Berk Consulting (, a football recruiting consulting company focused on helping families through the recruiting process in 2016. Founded First Star Football Report in fall of 2018. Has appeared on national, regional and local television and radio including NFL Network, FOX Sports Radio, Sporting News Radio, 700 WLW, 980 WONE, WCPO CH9 and more. Provided recruiting analysis for FOX Sports Ohio weekly high school game of the week in Southwest Ohio area and was an analyst for the Time Warner Sports (Spectrum Sports) Ohio National Signing Day show.


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