West Virginia continued to bolster its offensive line outside of traditional channels when Ja’Quay Hubbard announced that WVU will be his transfer destination.
— Ja’Quay hubbard (@Jhubb3366) July 27, 2020
The 6-foot-5, 320-pounder hails from Sharpsville Area (PA) High School, which is on the western boarder of the state, approximately 75 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. There, he was a two-time all-state selection and a finalist for the state’s “Mr. Football” award before signing with Virginia.
Hubbard played two games during his 2019 true freshman season at Virginia, playing against Pitt and William & Mary, but was still able to redshirt. Coming out of high school, he picked the Cavaliers over Power 5 counterparts Louisville, Mississippi State, Pitt and Syracuse. He also had offers from Akron, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Eastern Kentucky, Liberty, Ohio, Temple, Toledo and Western Michigan.
Along with the Panthers and Bulldogs, Michigan and Florida expressed interest in the big lineman after his transfer intentions became known in early July. However, West Virginia and its “Trust the Climb” process held sway, leading him to commit to WVU.
Hubbard told WKBN-TV that his decision to leave Virginia was “a business decision.”
Hubbard retained his redshirt after the 2019 season, and will have four years of eligibility at West Virginia. In order to play in 2020, he would need an NCAA waiver. If that does not transpire, he would have three years of eligibility remaining in 2021.