Ude adds MSU offer to growing list

Junior defensive end has strong memory of a recent MSU game and talks what he knows about MSU, as well as schools he is hearing from lately.

Westminster School (Atlanta) junior defensive end Russell Ude has been adding more offers lately and has more than a dozen now.

The latest came when Michigan State offered the talented prospect earlier this week.

"I got a friend request from coach Dave Warner on Facebook on September 1 and we started talking," Ude said. "He went ahead and told me that they absolutely wanted to go ahead and given me an offer three days ago, so that's how I found out that I had an offer on the table from them. …

"They just said I'm a great football player and they want to me come step in and make an instant impact."

Ude said he was excited about the Spartans offer – and that a big game a couple years ago stuck with him.

"MSU plays big time football in the Big Ten and they have a lot of tradition, so it was really cool to get that offer," he said. "I saw them have a big-time, last-second Hail Mary win against Wisconsin a couple years ago, so that was pretty cool, too. I remember that."

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end said Warner explained the Spartans defense and it would allow him to fit perfectly into what he wants to do.

"Coach Warner said they run a 4-3 as their base defense and they go to 3-4 in passing situations, which is exactly what we do here at my high school," he said. "We run a 3-4 and 3-2-5 in passing situations, so I'm used to that. I really want to play defensive end, so I like that, too. But in their 3-4, I could play outside linebacker. That's exactly what I want to do."

He said his biggest strength is his quickness off the ball, as well as technique.

"I study the game and study the guys who do it well and know about the nuances – or at least I feel like I do," he said. "Then I think I have a good blend of speed, size and power and a lot of versatility."

Ude said he is getting a lot of love from a lot of schools, but doesn't have any standouts.

"I don't really have any leaders right now, but all the schools that are recruiting me show a lot of love really," he said. "Everybody is involved, that's for sure."

He said he has been hearing from Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, Florida, USC and UCLA in the month of September, when communication opened up between coaches and high school juniors.

Ude said he has always been a fan of USC and loves watching Reggie Bush highlights from his days as a Trojan. He said an offer from USC would make them one of his top school, but given the Trojans' struggles lately that it wouldn't be a "dream offer."

"A couple weeks ago, I definitely would have said it would be a dream offer, but it's not the same program it was," he said. "At the same time, I am a fan still in rain or shine and I love the Trojans, love the locations, love the academics and love the tradition. So they would definitely be one of my top schools if they offered."

He said he hopes to visit schools that are showing interest and have offered, including Michigan State.

"I definitely want to get up there and if not this season, then maybe some time after the season," Ude said.

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