Hudson Gives Verbal To Wildcats

Two-star talent and Texas product Walter Hudson cancelled his remaining visits to give his verbal to K-State, the Wildcats' 19th so far. Hudson, a threat on both sides of the ball in high school, can play both cornerback and free safety.

Kansas State added another commitment Monday night when Dallas (Tex.) cornerback Walter Hudson gave his verbal to the Wildcats.

Hudson, a two-star prospect, cancelled his remaining visits with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Iowa State to become the 19th K-State verbal so far.

At 6-foot-0 200 pounds Hudson has good size and speed and can play at either corner or free safety. This past season he was a tackle machine, recording 152 tackles with four interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.

K-State head coach Bill Snyder made an in-home visit last week, when Hudson officially gave his verbal.

"I knew going into the visit that I was going to commit to K-State," he said. "I've known for quite a while that K-State is the best place for me. I love their defense and like the tutoring program they have."

Hudson, who was turned onto K-State by his former high school defense coordinator Matt Hennesy, said the Wildcats' bump-and-run defense is what fits him best. Hennesy is no stranger to K-State. He was a linebacker on Snyder's first Wildcat squad in 1989 and was head coach at Dodge City High School (Kan.) from 1998-2000.

"Coach Hennesy introduced me to Coach Elliot," he said. "We played bump-and-run here. I feel like I already know their system. I'm comfortable with it and know what to expect when I get there, so as far as football, it was the best choice."

But Hudson, who has an amazing 40-yard time at 4.36, is also about academics and what the university does to help its student-athletes graduate.

"I know the football part of it will come," he said. "I can succeed on the field and that stuff will take care of its own. I know I can play football. But what really got me was their tutoring program. I want to graduate from college and I know they really push the team to get through college and they help them in the classroom too. That was the big deal for me and my family."

While on his visit Dec. 12 to K-State, Hudson said he was very impressed with school president Dr. Jon Wefald.

"All the people there made me feel like I was part of their family," he said. "The team, coaches, and people in the community were so cool with me. And Dr. Wefald, he's the one that made it so much fun there. I got to see his house and meet everyone. It was great. They really care about you there."

Hudson prides himself on his ability to read what the offense does before it happens. An avid film watcher, and accomplished receiver himself in high school, Hudson said he can anticipate the play by watching the footwork of the receivers and the quarterback's eyes.

"I really do study what my man is going to do," he said. "You have to be able to react to the ball and it helps when you have good instincts. I watch tons of film and can find the weaknesses of my opponent."

And Hudson is banking on getting the opportunity to show off his skills next season, and not redshirt.

"They're telling me it's wide-open right now," he said. "I want to get there and work hard, show what I can do and hopefully I'll get in next year. It's a good opportunity for me to do something."

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