One of the largest prospects in the nation for the class of 2017 is Robert Hudson of Walled Lake Western.
Checking in at 6-foot-8 and 295 pounds, Hudson has college coaches very intrigued with his upside. Several schools have already offered him a scholarship and others are in frequent contact.
“Currently I have offers from UMass, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan,” he said. “The other schools that have been keeping in contact with me so far have been Michigan State and Wisconsin. I’ve also have had Penn State come to my school and get all of my information.”
A Michigan State coach stopped into Walled Lake Western shortly after the Spartans won the Big Ten championship against Iowa.
“Coach (Brad) Salem is the recruiting coordinator for our area,” Hudson said. “Michigan State University is a good college with good coaches and good athletes. All around they are a good school whether it’s on the field or in the classroom.”
The increased interest in Hudson is not just his improvement in skills as a football player. Hudson has worked hard over the past year to get himself to his current playing weight. This past fall, he was a key piece of the puzzle for coach Mike Zdebski on the defensive line as the Warriors went 12-1 and advanced to the state semifinals.
“I had a transformation last year from 385 pounds,” Hudson said. “Defensive tackle was my main position this year. I had to get a handle of that position since that’s where my team needed me most. That is the most important thing for me, where I’m needed for the betterment of the team. All of my current offers have said I can play either (DT or OT), though some of the bigger colleges see me as an offensive tackle, though, because of my pure build and size.”
Hudson’s transformation as a player is due to a combination of diet and exercise, coupled with self-discipline. Many players have arrived on college campuses and been taken aback by what it takes to get to a proper playing weight. Hudson looks forward to being able to reach a size that will allow him to best utilize his skills. His playing weight at the next level could be close to 320 pounds.
Michigan State offensive line coach Mark Staten likes tackle prospects with length, and Hudson has that. All it may take for Hudson to receive a scholarship offer from the Spartans is for him to work with Staten at a camp or combine setting. Hudson should be invited to the Michigan State “Big Man Camp” held in early June.
I expect Hudson’s offer list will continue to grow slowly through the winter as teams continue to evaluate him. Once he works out as an offensive tackle at camps and combines, his recruitment could really take off. Hudson could turn into a tackle prospect that an elite program such as Michigan State will want for 2017.