Cal is where Hudson wants to be

Just as his recruitment was picking up, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill tight end Ray Hudson commits to Cal, the school that offered him first.

The recruitment of Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill tight end Ray Hudson was set to explode after a breakout performance at the recent California camp, which resulted in the Golden Bears extending him his first scholarship offer.

But Hudson decided Monday that his first offer was the only one he really wanted.

"There was actually a video that went out about my whole camp performance and after that a bunch of schools just started talking to me after watching that video. I started looking at the whole thing and even if all those other schools had offered me, Cal was definitely the one I would have chosen," he said. "Everything about the school is a perfect fit for me and I'm excited to be a Bear. It's the decision I want.

"I called Coach Tedford this morning around 11 and committed to Cal."

Along with the new facilities and renovated Memorial Stadium, Hudson said the biggest allure of Cal was its familiarity. While his parents were fans of Stanford, his allegiance during his formative years resided in Berkeley. "It's really cool to know I'm going to actually play for the school that growing up was the team I was watching," he said.

"My family, they are off the charts excited. It's a really good feeling and good relief to make finally make a decision and know where I'm going to be spending the next couple of years."

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Hudson caught 47 passes for 578 yards and five touchdowns as a junior, working mostly as a wide receiver, and those skills are what impressed the Cal coaching staff. Much like current Bears sophomore and projected starter Richard Rodgers, Hudson simply outgrew the spot.

"Playing wide receiver in high school and coming down into that tight end position, I'm definitely a threat with my routes and my hands," he said. "I have the size of a tight end, it's just my head coach in high school put me at wide receiver and it actually benefited me in the long run because my routes are crisp, my hands are a lot better."

Dan Greenspan is the publisher of Cal Sports Digest and covers the Pac-12 for Fox Sports/Scout.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanGreenspan.


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