All season long, Waukesha Catholic Memorial football coach Bill Young has been sending highlight clips of safety prospect Matt Hubley to the University of Wisconsin coaching staff.
There has been plenty to pick from, including Hubley’s three sacks last week against Brown Deer while playing only about 21/2 quarters in Catholic Memo rial’s WIAA Division 3 first-round playoff victory.
On offense, Hubley (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) has rushed for almost 1,200 yards while averaging nearly 8.3 yards per carry.
After getting a preferred walk-on offer from the Badgers coming out of their summer camp, during which he was timed in the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds, Hubley’s goal was to prove he deserved a scholarship.
“It was definitely a dream to play for the Badgers and a scholarship is definitely what I was going for,” he said.
The scholarship offer finally came from UW coach Bret Bielema on Monday night and Hubley gave his oral commitment on Tuesday.
“All my friends, family and coaches knew the entire day,” Hubley said of the forthcoming offer. “I had no idea until about 8 (o’clock). I was definitely surprised.”
Hubley said Bielema told him a couple of scholarships opened up, especially after the Badgers lost defensive tackle Darius Latham, a four-star recruit who decommitted.
“(Hubley) has just had a great year,” Young said. “He’s just a real physical kid who has great feet and a big motor.”
Hubley is a four-year starter for the Crusaders. He started out at cornerback as a freshman, moved to free safety as a sophomore for a state runner-up team, went to strong safety as a junior and this season is playing defensive end and outside linebacker.
The Badgers will start him at safety. If he continues to grow, he could wind up at linebacker.
Young, who is a member of the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, has coached at the school for 38 years, including 35 as the head coach.
“He is one of the most dedicated kids we’ve ever coached,” Young said. “He’s well-respected by his teammates. He’s a difference-maker out there.”
Hubley also is a sprinter on the track and field team and qualified for the Division 2 state meet in the 100-meter dash last season.
Young said interest was building in Hubley, who was being recruited by Central Michigan, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Boise State and Wyoming.
“This is the first firm offer that came,” Young said. “It’s a no-brainer. He and his family are so blessed and excited about the fact Matt’s going to have a chance to play for the Badgers.”
Hubley believes playing at Catholic Memorial under Young is a big reason he got this offer.
“The coaching staff at Catholic Memorial is fantastic. They force you each day to give 100 percent and work hard in the offseason,” he said. “That definitely impacted everything that’s going on right now.’
Hubley said playing so many positions on defense should also prepare him for whatever he will be asked to do in college.
“I think playing safety and (defensive back) my first three years really helps with footwork and coming to linebacker, that really helps with being physical and forced me to get a little bigger in the offseason,” he said.