Early Enrollee: Drew Dudley

Drew Dudley left around Christmas to join the Jayhawks' team. The linebacker left with an armload of awards including the Waco Tribune-Herald's defensive MVP for his district along with first team honors from the same source. Dudley was also TSWA All-State third team and many other awards.

Coach Jim Slaughter talked about the departure of Drew Dudley.

"For one thing he was such a hardworking, intense kid that he left early, and I miss him," Slaughter said. "He was a great example for the rest of the kids. A very sincere kid. Easy to coach. He always cared about the team first and himself second. (He was) kind of what you would call the ultimate team player."

Coach Slaughter's 5A A&M Consolidated squad went 8-2 this year, but they were perfect in regular season league play, 6-0.

Slaughter talked of Dudley's senior season.

"We play a pretty good defense. When you play pretty good defense you're not on the field a lot, so you don't run up big stats," Slaughter explained. "We do a true stats sheet, so it's not going to sound as good as the ones you get on other people."

"He had 107 total tackles including 24 solo tackles. Dudley was the first man to the ball 30 times. Second man to the ball 32 times. Third man to the ball 11 more times. He had four fumble recoveries and one intercepted pass."

Slaughter did not indicate what Kansas has told Dudley where he will play, but he did give us his opinion of his pupil on the next level.

"I definitely think linebacker," he said. "He's got great speed. He does a tremendous job of tackling. He has good height (6-2, 220-pounds)."

"He played a strongside linebacker for us."

Slaughter explained why this Texan chose the Jayhawks.

"They recruited him hard," he said. "He had some other offers, but he really wanted to go to the Big 12."

Dudley was a two year starter for the Tigers. He will travel home later this month for their football banquet where he will receive the Outstanding Linebacker Award for this high school team.

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