As football season inches closer, Aidan Hubbard '21 continues to receive attention. Earlier this month, Max Preps named Hubbard and Declan Mangan to its Preseason All-Ohio squad. Hubbard can now add another preseason honor from Sports Illustrated.
Sports Illustrated has recognized the Wildcats' outside linebacker as an SI All-American candidate.
Hubbard can count himself as among the best 1,000 high school senior football players in the country. SI recently unveiled its watch list for All-American, including Hubbard amongst its selections. The Rocky River native is one of 37 Ohio players to be selected, with the Buckeye State checking in with the seventh-most prospects on the list in the country.
Hubbard is one of just three candidates from Cuyahoga County – joined by Joey Labas of Brecksville-Broadview Heights and Michael Gravely Jr. of Glenville.
SI will narrow its candidates down to 250 finalists in October and 99 finalists in November. In December, SI will honor its 25 first-team Sports Illustrated All-Americans at its annual Sportsperson of the Year banquet in New York.
Of Hubbard, SI is glowing. The magazine notes his strong frame, quick feet, athleticism, football IQ, and awareness. The 6'4", 230-pound Northwestern commit indeed has a bright future.
In its "Bottom Line" portion, SI concludes:
"Hubbard has good physical tools for a linebacker prospect, and advanced awareness allows him to play half step faster than opponents. Athletic enough to function in multiple roles, but must focus on single position at next level. Projects best at WILL, where versatility should help him make early impact and emerge as multi-year starter for Northwestern."
Watch out for Hubbard to be an important cog in the Saint Ignatius defense this season, and at Northwestern in the future.