New prospect emerges in Hazard

In a state the size of Kentucky, it's hard for a good football prospect to stay under the radar for too long.

In a state the size of Kentucky, it's hard for a good football prospect to stay under the radar for too long.

Not too many people knew about Chris Hudson prior to the season, but the Hazard High School tight end/defensive end has caused quite a buzz for those who have seen the Bulldogs play.

Hudson (6-6, 245, 4.85) moved to the Bluegrass State from Texas. A standout in both football and basketball, he has been hearing from a number of major programs in both sports, but some heavy-hitters are starting to take notice of his potential on the gridiron.

As a senior, Hudson has caught 39 passes for 815 yards and 12 touchdowns. He ranks fourth in the state in receiving yards per game. That has caught the eye of Kentucky, Louisville, Auburn, Michigan and Ohio State, among others.

On Saturday, he visited UK for the Wildcats' 48-14 Homecoming win over Alabama State.

"Last night, the visit was really good," Hudson said. "I was able to talk to some of the players, walk on the field, talk to coach Vince Marrow and coach Mark Stoops. Both coaches told me how much they liked me, and coach Marrow said he was coming to my game on Friday."

He made an unofficial visit to Ohio State earlier this season. Urban Meyer's Buckeyes have shown steady interest in him this fall.

Hudson says he'll make a return trip to UK in January. Prior to that, he hopes to travel to Michigan this weekend and to Louisville on November 16. He is unsure about official visits until he hears more about scholarship offers.

Asked if he has a current favorite, Hudson said "No. Not at this time."

So what's he looking for in a future college home?

"Playing time and the school having my major," Hudson said. "I plan on majoring in sports medicine or physical education with coaching as a minor."

He has no timetable on making his college decision.


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