Hudson favoring Sun Devils

Last week Thomas Hudson was in close contact with the Arizona State coaches through the team's Northern California satellite camp as well as an unofficial visit to Tempe. Judging by his impressions, suffice to say that the San Jose tight end's overall recruiting experience was extremely positive.

When asked on the state of his recruitment with Arizona State, Hudson replied with no hesitation: "They're on top." He later added that the manner in which the Sun Devils utilize his position in their offensive scheme has been the biggest draw for him.

"It's just the way that they respond to my questions," Hudson explained. "I'll ask a question, like how do they use the tight end? Instead of just telling me how they use the tight end, they'll go and show me film. They'll actually show it. I kind of have more of a trust with who they are than some of the other coaches. I think it's just that trust and how they use the tight end that makes them number one.

"I like how the offense is not just focused around certain guys. If you're the not THE guy coming in there, and still do what they needed from you, you got a lot of play. So, the way they can turn around and play like that in their offense and the way they run it…they throw the ball well. It's just a pretty good offense."

The 6-5 260-pound Thomas Hudson, who is being recruited by ASU's tight ends coach Chip Long, plays for one of the premier programs in the Bay Area, Archbishop Mitty High School. In a Monarchs offense that collected 2,800 rushing yards during an 11-2 campaign last year, the tight end's responsibilities were more of the blocking variety. Hudson did however post seven receptions for 168 yards and three touchdowns during that season.

"Coach Long says that I do a good job catching balls over the middle and making plays that should be made," Hudson stated. "I can go over the middle, be a mid-zone threat, blocking and protect the edge.

"When I went to their camp they showed me how they use their tight ends and their routes. The way they coached was very grind, grind, grind and they make sure you do stuff right on the field. We'd go over our techniques and routs and what we were going to run in our 7-on-7 and 1-on-1 drills. It was very efficient and well planned."

Hudson has offers from several Pac-12 schools aside from ASU, such Arizona, Cal, Colorado, Oregon State and Washington and other out of conference programs. Aside from ASU he only visited USC, who hasn't offered to date but has been tracking him.

The tight end said that the aspect that most impressed him during his Tempe visit was the housing ("at Vista Del Sol they have the pool in the middle and the apartment style…I didn't expect that. It was like a resort."). But will he make Tempe his eventual home? If that were to happen, it could be matter of just a few weeks away.

"I'm thinking more of an early decision, like early July," Hudson said and added that he has no future visits planned to any school before his announcement. The tight end noted that he is looking for certain factors to aid him in his decision.

"The camaraderie of the team and the coaches," Hudson remarked. "Not like if you have a drill sergeant as a head coach but a guy you can talk to, work things out with, and figure out how to do things if you have any problems. And to be in a place where you're building as a person and a football player.

"I think the place where I have a good connection with the players is the place I'll end up at."

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Byron Kline contributed to this article

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