July 6, 2008

Frogs offer west Texas DE

In 2008, fourteen players from Texas in class 2A through 1A earned scholarships to play football at the Division-1 level. Although thirteen of them hailed from 2A, the rise of small school talent has become more apparent in recent years and more programs are taking notice.

The 2009 class in the Lone Star state boasts several small school prospects and one of those players is Busland defensive lineman Andrew Hudson. Bushland, a small town just outside Amarillo, is entering its third year with a varsity squad and there's no question Hudson is the cornerstone. A member of the varsity since his sophomore year(also Bushland's first year), Hudson helped the Falcons to a 9-2 record in '07 by playing fullback and defensive end.

As a defensive end the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder accounted for 76 tackles, 10 TFL, and 6 sacks. Also blessed with 4.7 speed, Hudson is garnering the attention of several programs across the southwest and has the offers to prove it.

"I have offers from Colorado State, Arkansas State, Utah St., TCU, Oklahoma St., UTEP, and a couple of others have mentioned they would offer if I come and visit them. New Mexico said if I go to one of their camps they would offer and Kansas also said they want me to come up and they would likely offer, but I don't know that for sure."

Hudson says three schools have caught his attention early on but doesn't favor one above the other.

"My top three are OSU, TCU, and Colorado State," he said. "That's in no particular order, I just put all three the same. I like OSU because it's close to home and it's in the big 12. I went to one of their games and the environment is great, the fans are crazy. They also have a new defensive coordinator from Ohio State. All the schools have good things and every school has different variables."

TCU, with it's tradition of producing nationally ranked defenses, has caught Hudson's eye for that very reason.

"They have great academics," he said. "They have a great graduation rate, I mean they're graduation rate is up there. Like OSU, it's also close to home and I was born in Ft. Worth, my dad was in the Air Force there. TCU is also known for its defense, both of their defensive ends went pro, and it's a nice campus. I liked it when I was there for there mini-camp last month. They offered me at their mini-camp."

With the ability to play both offense(fullback) or defense, Hudson says most of the schools like him as a defensive end which is where he prefers to play at the next level.

"TCU said I could play tight end if I wanted to," he said. "Utah St. also said they would like to see me as a tight end. All of the others have mentioned defensive end, I'd rather play defensive end."

Hudson says first and foremost the factors he's looking at in picking a school is the football prestige, location, and academics. He will have a close look at a couple of schools next week when he ventures to two of his favorites.

"I plan on going to OSU on Thursday and TCU on Friday," he said. "It's not for camps, it's just to visit the schools. I'd like to make a decision before the season starts, I may go to OSU and TCU or the others and fall in love. But if something doesn't feel right I may wait it out, but I'll probably have a decision maybe in a couple of months."

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