The Wolverines have a lot of options for the 2017 recruiting class at the defensive line spot. Well, the Michigan coaching staff is currently showing interest in 2017 Toledo, OH (Central Catholic) DL James Hudson. Even though, Hudson has been committed to Kentucky for almost over a year now. The Central Catholic standout has insisted that he will look into other schools and explore all his options. In fact, the Kentucky coaching staff has given him there blessing to look at other schools.
“I am still solidly committed to Kentucky right now,” Hudson told me about his recruitment. “I connected with some of their other commits, that’s a good place to start. I’ve actually sat down with the whole coaching staff and my family has met them too. They want me to enjoy the process with being a recruit and give everybody a fair chance. So, me and my family are still going to look at other places and other schools. We will visit other programs too. I want to make sure I am making the best decision for me and my family for the future.”
On Friday afternoon, Hudson was visited by Michigan secondary coach Mike Zordich at his high school. Despite, him not having a Michigan offer in his possession. He has a lot of interest in The Wolverines and plans to visit Ann Arbor this upcoming weekend.
“Michigan’s upbringing and their rise to the top is what has me most interested,” Hudson said about Michigan. “Getting to know the coaches. And just learning more about the program is why I want to visit. Michigan’s secondary Coach Mike Zorich came and visited my school on Friday. He just said he wanted me to come on campus next weekend and is very excited for me to come. In addition, I have also been in contact with Michigan DL coach Greg Mattison through Twitter.”
Expect Michigan to roll out the red carpet for Hudson and his parents when they come to town next weekend. Hudson has not left a flip of commitment off the table, if he gets the Michigan offer on his visit you don’t know what will happen.
“I don’t have a offer, so I can’t say if I would flip my commitment. I have a lot of interest in Michigan, but I don’t know the staff yet. My parents will be on my visit with me, they haven’t visited Michigan and I know they want to. If the visit goes well, I will definitely take a official visit to Michigan.”
Michigan is not the only school that is currently standing out in Hudson’s eyes. California, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Tennessee, and West Virginia round out Hudson’s complete list of offers. He recently received an offer from Alabama, Miami FL, and and recently took a visit to Michigan State. The Spartans appear to be in the best position, having hosted him four times previously, but that remains to be seen. In the summer, Hudson plans to visit a bunch of schools.
“For the schools I haven’t been to, I would like to see Miami in July, Alabama, Tennessee, Penn State, Pittsburgh, California, and getting back to Indiana will happen sometime as well. I plan to visit those schools in the summer.”
Hudson is just as open to protecting quarterbacks as he would be to chasing them. He feels equally capable on either side and that may be some of his appeal. However, Michigan is pursing him as a defensive linemen.
“I’m a very aggressive player, I’m fast, and I use my hands a lot,” Hudson said. “I’m versatile enough to lineup anywhere and I consider myself one of the most athletic big men in the country. I always need to get stronger because that will help so much at the next level. One of my goals is also to develop better technique.”
– Adam Giovinco (Lead Recruiting Reporter)