Hudson talks ASU commitment

Following a Northern California satellite camp as well as an unofficial visit to Tempe, San Jose tight end Thomas Hudson has been able to familiarize himself quite a bit with the Sun Devil program. His already strong affinity to Arizona State was materialized Tuesday afternoon when he pledged to the maroon and gold.

"It felt like the right decision and I didn't want to prolong what I knew was already going to happen," Hudson said. "The coaching staff there was great, the facilities are awesome, and everything about the school was just top of the list.

"I first called Coach Norvell and he was pretty happy and ecstatic. They were all fired up."

In a previous interview with Devils Digest, Hudson mentioned that 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.

"From what Arizona State showed me they are really going to utilize me in their passing game," Hudson commented, "but also have me block on the edge for the run game. They didn't have in a while a tight end that can do both and be a game changer for them.

"Coach Long says that I do a good job catching balls over the middle and making plays that should be made. 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 had offers from several Pac-12 schools aside such Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon State and Washington and other out of conference programs.

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