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Transfer Tracker: Former 4-star OL Ja’Quay Hubbard headed to WVU

Ja’Quay Hubbard
Ja’Quay Hubbard (Nick Lucero/

The Transfer Portal has changed the landscape of college football. So at Rivals we bring you the Transfer Tracker, where we analyze players entering the portal and rate them on what kind of impact they could make at their new home.

Next up in the tracker: Virginia transfer Ja’Quay Hubbard, who is now headed to West Virginia.


CLASS OF 2020 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | Position | Team | State

CLASS OF 2021 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | Position | Team | State


TRANSFER RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Tight End | Wide Receiver


Hubbard's recruitment came down to Pittsburg, Syracuse, Mississippi State and Virginia, with the Hoos ultimately winning out and landing Hubbard's commitment in the fall of 2018.


Hubbard was always going to need time to develop and he played sparingly during his freshman season at Virginia, logging 11 total special team snaps while appearing in two games. After maintaining his redshirt, Hubbard was viewed as a candidate for more playing time in 2020, before entering the portal in March. He announced his plans to head to West Virginia this week. He will have at least three years of eligibility with the Mountaineers.


"Hubbard is a big offensive tackle who can also play guard in college. He had limited time at Virginia but showed promise being able to play so early as a freshman. He appeared in two games and then was able to retain a year of eligibility so he has four to play four. I’m not sure of the reason he left but it appeared he was in line for a lot of playing time at UVA this season. He was very talented coming out of high school and a two-time all state player. He can make an early impact with the Mountaineers.." -- National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell

Impact Rating: 6.4 out of 10


The Transfer Portal continues to change the way college football programs recruit and mange their rosters so we here at continue to evolve our coverage. Each time a player of note enters the portal, we will examine their potential impact on the college football landscape and assign an impact rating, both when they enter the portal and when they choose a destination. The scale is from 1-10 and the description below explains the scoring scale.

1.1-4.0 — Not a big impact expected, likely a non-starter and down the bench depth player.

4.1- 6.0 — A solid impact can be expected in the right scenario and has the potential to battle for a starting job.

6.1-9.0. — A high impact player who won’t change a program but will certainly be a very good contributor and starter.

9.1- 9.9 — A very high impact player who should start the moment he steps on the field and will change the outlook of a program immediately.

10 — A franchise transfer who has a chance to be an All American and one of the elite players in college football.