Oklahoma State gained its fifth verbal commitment in football recruiting for the 2009 class when…
Recruiting: Hudson Torn Between OSU, TCU
Hudson, who last season had 76 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and six sacks, was born in Fort Worth while his father was stationed at Carswell Air Force Base in the Metroplex city.
Now living in the panhandle of Texas, Oklahoma State is the closer school by geography. From a prospective student-athlete standpoint Hudson seemed to see and do everything he needed to do to, as he said, fall in love further with both schools.
He started on Thursday in Stillwater on the Oklahoma State campus.
"I met with Coach (Glenn) Spencer and Coach Alex because most of the coaches were on vacation," said Hudson. "I know those coaches have to take vacation. We toured the campus and then they got me some boots that I could wear on a tour of the new facilities in the west end zone. Those boots were for recruits to wear on the tour.
"We saw where the new weight room is going to be and the new locker room. Then we went to see the ones that are there and you can see how really big and nice they are going to be. We also went over to look at the dorms. They are really nice, much better than I ever imagined."
It was on to Texas Chrisitan on Friday for Hudson and his parentswho accompanied him on the unofficial visits.
"I liked it a lot," started Hudson. "We met with Coach Fuente and the other coaches were on vacation but most of them were in the office. We went over to the indoor field which is really nice and that is where the mini camp was earlier this summer. We went to the weight room and met the strength coach. We went to the field (stadium) and saw the boxes that are going to be ready soon. We also met with academic counselors. We did that at both schools. Then we ate at a nearby restaurant and we paid. They can't pay. After lunch we walked the campus like I was a regular student."
Hudson, while undecided, does have saavy and knows what to look for in recruiting. He even said the right things and seem to know the rules and clarified the boots Oklahoma State had him wear for the construction tour and that TCU did not pay for his lunch. He seems to really like Oklahoma State and TCU. He did say he might visit some other schools and Kansas seems to be the top school on his list if he does visit others.
On the field Hudson not only plays defensive end but also running back on offense. How about a 6-5, 235-pound running back? "We are using the Tony Franklin-system on offense, so that I will line up some as a slot receiver," explained Hudson.
Franklin is the current Auburn offensive coordinator and the former Troy and Kentucky offensive coordinator that has built a huge following among high school coaches. The offense is a spread that accommodates both wide open passing and running in the spread formation.
The real advantage for Hudson is he going both ways and participating in an offense that in college as a defensive end he will concentrate on stopping. Hudson promised he would let us know if his status changes, but right now it looks like a two-way battle between the Cowboys and Horned Frogs.
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