New Running Back Prospect

At 5-10 and 205, Dudley is one of the top running back prospects in the entire country. Miami has entered the recruiting race, and he talks about his visit list, why he's strongly considering the Hurricanes, coach Don Soldinger, and how he personally knows Clinton Portis in this exclusive interview with

The last time I saw Dudley in person was last December in the state championship game between Marianna and Gulliver Prep. After the game, I felt the two best players on the field were Sean Taylor and this kid. He seemed to have the total package except I wanted to see him get faster before I considered him an elite prospect. I had him pegged as a Top 20 kid heading into the state. Then I saw him on tape last week and his speed improved tremendously. He's the total package, and probably a Top 10 kid in the state. He rivals Jacksonville's Ciatrick Fason as the top running back prospect in Florida. Dudley broke his ankle in the fourth game of the season. Through his first three, he rushed for 330 yards and four touchdowns. Last season he gained over 2,000 and scored 27 touchdowns. At LSU's summer camp, Dudley checked in at 5-foot-10 and 209 pounds and ripped off an impressive 4.38 on track, making him a legit 4.45 kid on grass. Inside the classroom, Dudley carries a 2.5 GPA and takes the test on October 27.

Which schools have been calling you lately: LSU, Miami, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, and Auburn.

Which of those schools have sent you scholarship offers: Everyone I mentioned has offered me.

If signing day were tomorrow, whats it looking like: Well, I have four visits scheduled. LSU for the first week in December, Georgia for the second week in December, Florida on January 18, and Miami for January 25. If I take a fifth visit, it'll be to Florida State or Tennessee.

When did Miami get involved: Coach Soldinger called me a few weeks ago and he said they got my tape and everything. He said he really likes me and that they're only recruiting a few running backs in the entire nation this year, and I'm one of them. He really wants me to come and I'm looking forward to visiting there.

What chance does Miami have: They have a great chance. They have as good a chance as anyone. They have a great history of producing great running backs. My older brother went to high school with Clinton Portis and they're good friends, so that's how I know him.

Personally, I really like this situation. He's right down the road from FSU and I got the impression that he's not overly interested in the Seminoles. Plus, Fason is already committed to Florida. That could indicate that LSU and Georgia appear to be Miami's toughest competition and the Tigers already have a commitment from the top back in Louisiana named Justin Vincent. Anything can happen, but it sounds very interesting from Miami's point of view. Stay tuned for more on this big time running back whose height, weight, 40-time, and running style is very similar to someone named Edgerrin James.

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