Malcolm Hudson (5-10, 230) was a starting defensive tackle at the United States Military Academy Prep School last fall. In high school he was named his county's defensive player of the year at Hernando high school in Florida. Hudson was a three-year letterman. As a senior he recorded 55 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss with 18 quarterback pressures and three sacks. Malcolm recovered three fumbles, returned one for a touchdown, and picked off a pass. Despite his on field production he was overlooked because other than Army no Division I team plays with 235 pound defensive tackles.
Last season at USMAPS Hudson played well in victories over Kings College JV and Gattaca as their lineman struggled to maintain their blocks against the quick Hudson. In the win over Milford Academy he had three tackles. In the Valley Forge game he contributed four tackles and recorded a sack. He was the hero against Globe JC when he beat the offensive guard and tackled the quarterback for a loss securing the victory. In the finale against the Naval Academy Prep School he made three tackles and forced a fumble on a sack that was recovered by USMAPS linebacker Robert Jenkins.
Hudson was a solid, productive player at USMAPS. He is quick off the snap and uses good footwork. He does a nice job of slipping blocks and making plays. Hudson plays with good natural strength and has the ability to shed blockers. He employs excellent technique and needs to because at 230 pounds he can get engulfed at the point of attack. Hudson game fits in well with the Army Double Eagle flex scheme and what the coaches ask the three technique defensive tackle to do. The negative with Hudson is that what you see is probably what you'll get in terms of his upside. Hudson's small undersized frame isn't going to get much bigger. With his athleticism he should develop into a contributor on the depth chart if he stays healthy.
Jordan Smith saw time on both sides of the ball last season at the United States Military Academy Prep School. He was the starting offensive left tackle last year. Smith was rotated in on defense and saw time at defensive tackle. Smith played both ways at Oceanside high school in California where he was team captain. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Smith played defensive end at Oceanside. He earned Avocado West League defensive player of the year honors as a senior. His 2011 Oceanside team reached the CIF San Diego Section Division II finals. He played in the 22nd annual Alex Spanos All-Star Football Classic after the season.
Smith is a very intense, fiery wild eye player who goes all out every play. He is the ultimate competitor who will battle every down. He's a solid player who moves well and plays hard. He's not a great natural athlete but he is a warrior. While Smith played mostly on offense at USMAPS last year he definitely has a defensive mind set. He isn't very big and can be overpowered if he fails to avoid a block. He chose Army over an offer from Weber State where his brother played football. He could end up on either side of the ball. I thought he did a nice job at offensive tackle for USMAPS.
Luke Fetla is a direct admit 6-foot-1-inch, 230 pound defensive tackle from Pinecrest high school in North Carolina. Felta was a three year starter at defensive tackle. Luke is a strong, tenacious and competitive player with a good motor. He is pretty quick and can pursue, redirect and make tackles. Fetla looks to be proficient technically. He was a high school All-American wrestling champion and understands leverage. He'll need some time to mature and develop. He lacks a natural big frame but can fill out and eventually help at three technique defensive tackle or defensive end.
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