Bruce Judson has plenty of offers including one from his “childhood favorite” Florida. The four-star athlete out of Cocoa, Florida made his first trip to Gainesville on Saturday to visit for Gators’ junior day
“Really what was cool was really sitting down and talking to them a lot, compared to the summer, with this coaching staff,” said Judson. “They have really high expectations for the class of 2017.”
It was a chance for Judson and his father to get reacquainted with an old friend, Charlie Frye, who is part of Florida’s secondary staff.
“I’ve known him since I was growing up,” said Judson of the former NFL quarterback. “My dad was coaching, I used to be Charlie Frye’s ball boy and used to write stuff down. He used to make me go on the sideline every Friday night, home and away games and write every play that he calls. And then I would wake up every Sunday at like 8 o’clock in the morning and call every play from the board that I wrote that from the Friday game. We have a really tight relationship, and we sat down and talked for hours and hour and a half. Since we got in there.
“We have a stronger bond now, and my dad hasn’t seen him since he stopped coaching at Jones,” he added.
Judson has plenty of respect for Frye’s football knowledge, and his ability to teach him the ropes early on in the recruiting process.
“Mainly what he told me was enjoy the process, no matter if I go here or not. That’s what you need, you don’t need a coach that says go here because I’m here. You need a coach that’s all around.
“And he really knows his football so that’s what I like. He would make my game better and he makes everyone’s game here better, because of his knowledge of football especially quarterbacks.”
Hudson has plenty of suitors fighting for his attention. His offer list includes the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Miami, West Virginia, and Auburn, just to name a few. In most cases the schools are recruiting him as an athlete, however, Jim McElwain and his staff see his potential on offense.
“Most of the times I talked to Coach Frye he says probably H-back and slot and kick returner and punt returner,” said Judson. “I can go out and play wide he said. So whatever coach Mac feels comfortable putting me at in the offense I’m fine with it. As long as I get on the field and be able to make plays. It doesn’t really matter to me.
“South Carolina wants me to play both ways,” he added. “Auburn wants me to play as a DB. If they need me to play both ways I will, I will play both ways. For now trying to be a dynamic offensive threat.”
With so many programs reaching out, there are some things he has grown to appreciate when it comes to his relationship with McElwain and his staff.
“I’ve been close with them since the summer since I’ve been coming to camp,” said Judson. “It’s really just coming down to who is going to be around the longest and the process and do they really want you… That’s what it’s coming down to.
“I’m getting close with Kentucky, getting close with Auburn, Alabama, Florida State. But at Florida I feel like they are real close. They keep in contact, but they are not so much on me. They know when to talk to me and when not to talk to me. It feels like they aren’t trying to smother a recruit. They give you time to do what you are going to do, and then they get on you at the right time. That’s really big.”
According to Judson, he is expected to visit Arizona on Feb. 18 and take trips to UCLA, USC, Miami and Florida State. But says he will definitely make more trips to Gainesville in the summer.
“I will probably release a top ten later tonight or the end of next week and it is probably going to be in order, so then I am going start from there.
“At this point I will probably wait until signing day now [to decide,” said Judson. “I’ll wait until I know where they best fit is. Right now is challenging. I really need take a close look now.”
FightinGators.com's Bob Redman contributed to this report.