One of the biggest prospects in the class of 2017 is Walled Lake Western’s Robert Hudson. He has seen his stock take off in the last few weeks and he is now closing in on double-digit scholarship offers.
The 6-foot-7, 305-pounder is one of the most intriguing prospects in the class of 2017. His size alone makes him unique, but he has not always been this swelte. A few years ago, Hudson was much heavier. He has used the last two years to reshape his body and turn himself into a high-level college football prospect.
The other unique aspect about Hudson is that he is being offered by many schools to play a position he has spent very little time playing. Hudson has played primarily defensive tackle at Western, but many teams see him as a future offensive tackle. The fact that he has offers to play a position he has very little experience at says a lot about his potential.
Hudson recently took a few recruiting trips and received good news while on campus.
“I visited Iowa State and Syracuse and was offered by both schools,” Hudson said. “I also plan on getting back up to MSU again soon. I am not really sure about other visits right now as my family’s schedule is really tight.”
Hudson did says he has not had a lot of contact with the MSU staff as of late. With current Spartan wide receiver commitment Cody White from the same high school, it’s likely the staff will be visiting Western several of times over the coming months.
Hudson also holds early scholarship offers from Illinois and a host of MAC programs.
“The MAC schools are saying they like me wherever I can help the team,” Hudson said. “The bigger schools are recruiting me for the offensive line”
One of the reasons why the Spartans have not offered Hudson is that they have yet to see him play offensive tackle. That should change this spring when Hudson attends some camps and combines. The Spartans hold a big man camp in June that always attracts a lot of quality talent from around the Midwest.
MSU 2016 commitment A.J. Arcuri of Powell, Ohio, had little experience playing offensive line when he was offered by the Spartans last summer. What secured him a scholarship was how well he performed at camp when he got a chance to work with MSU offensive line coach Mark Staten, who likes players that are athletic and have length. If the Spartans do offer, they could be the team to beat for his services.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com.