The crowd for Arkansas' first football game of the year will include one of the nation's best high school basketball players.
Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary's combo guard Jalen Hudson (6-5, 180) said Monday that he will take his official visit to check out head coach Mike Anderson's program Arkansas on August 30-Sept. 1, which is the weekend when the Razorbacks open their gridiron campagin against Louisiana-Lafayette.
It will be the first official for Hudson, who plays at the same high school LeBron James did in high school and now has accumulated 25 offers.
"My interest in Arkansas is very high as you can see since I am taking my first official visit there," Hudson said. "I love the way they play and (Razorback assistant) Coach (Melvin) Watkins was one of my dad's fraternity brothers in college and North Carolina Charlotte so I know I would be looked out for as more than just a basketball player.
"I also really love Coach Anderson, who seems like a great guy and a great coach," Hudson added. "I really enjoy being around their whole staff and I am very excited about getting out to Arkansas to check it out on the 30th. It's the only visit I have set up so far."
Hudson has grown two inches since his last high school season.
"I actually am 6-5 ¼ right now," Hudson said. "I think the added height has really helped my game. It makes me more of a match-up problem."
Hudson's 25 offers – which include ones from Virginia, Tennessee, VCU, Virginia Tech, Kent State, Western Kentucky and George Mason – are no doubt based in large part on his versatility as a guard.
"I want to go somewhere they I can play both the two (shooting guard) and the one (point guard) or at least get to handle the ball a lot along with the point guard," Hudson said. "I know that is how Arkansas sees me and I know that if I go there I will develop under those coaches and have a chance to play in the NBA, which is definitely a goal of mine."
James, who has led the Miami Heat to the last two NBA titles, comes around the school a lot according to Hudson.
"It's pretty cool to play at the same place he did and get to know him," Hudson said. "He really loves our school. He just bought the football team brand new uniforms."
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