Largo (FL) 2014 cornerback Cordell Hudson is on his way to Syracuse today for the second of his three official visits. The three-star was at Iowa State earlier in the year and will go to Rutgers next week.
Hudson lists a top three of Iowa State, Syracuse and Rutgers, in no particular order, and plans on making a decision soon after his visits conclude. Syracuse and Rutgers have an advantage in that they play in a conference that'll keep Hudson on the Atlantic coast and have games in Florida his family can catch.
However, Hudson wants a lot of reps defending the pass, and that's why he likes the Cyclones, who play in the wide-open Big 12.
Assistant coach Shane Burnham was in Hudson's home Thursday night to go over the talking points: playing style of the Big 12, ISU's engineering school (a big factor for Hudson) and the number of NFL defensive backs the Cyclones staff has coached, from Deion Sanders to Leonard Johnson.
"It went really good," Hudson said Thursday. "He mostly talked to my Mom, really trying to win them over. Telling them what they have to offer me, an awesome engineering program and a great coaching staff, with how many DBs they've coached. Then we went over more specifically the education and how they offer lots of internship opportunities.
"The Big 12 it's a pass-happy league so there are a bunch of snaps. I like that, most definitely. I want to be defending the pass."
Iowa State rarely plays true freshmen, but Burnham was able to point to Nigel Tribune, a fellow Florida cornerback, as a guy who played a huge role despite his youth. Tribune was the only true freshman to play for the Cyclones in 2013."That's a big factor," Hudson said. "If you're good, they don't care you're a freshman. If you're a right player they'll play you."
Iowa State currently has 17 commits in its 2014 recruiting class, two who are cornerbacks, but the Cyclones need to reload in the secondary after losing three starters to graduation.