Cameron and Ryan Jude Talk MSU Visit

"If Cameron wasn't getting you from the left side, Ryan was getting you from the right." --Manchester Lancers head coach Tom Hall

MIDLOTHIAN, VA - Two surprise visitors this weekend to East Lansing were twin brothers Cameron and Ryan Jude of Midlothian (VA) Manchester high school.

While both were super productive players for the Lancers this season (totaling over 160 tackles combined), only one came away with an offer from the Spartans, Cameron.

But that was quite OK with brother Ryan who understands the predicament Michigan State has with scholarships and still hopes his number will come up when everything shakes out.

Coach Tom Hall of Midlothian raves about both players who led the 8-2 Lancers who fell just short of making the playoffs.

"They're great kids, very tough-minded kids. Extremely agressive football players. They're both identical, Cameron is the taller of the two, both played tight end for us, both played defensive end for us.

They're both very versatile, just wonderful kids to coach. They're everything you look for in a defensive kid. Both were all-distrcit players; Cameron was the defensive player of the year in our district. Ryan has also played fullback, middle linebacker and slot receiver. I can't talk enough about them."

"Wherever they go they're going to make an immediate impact," continued Hall. "They have wonderful work ethics, they do what they're coached to do. They're the type of kids every coach would like to have on their team. I'm gonna miss 'em."

"If Cameron wasn't getting you from the left side, Ryan was getting you from the right."

Cameron Jude

Cameron said he really enjoyed his visit to Michigan State. "It was a great visit, they showed me a good time and I enjoyed it. Cameron got a scholarship offer from the Spartans earlier this fall and said he still needs to complete his visit schedule before he makes a decision on where he'll play his collegiate ball.

"I'm taking another visit to Marshall (1/19) and UConn (1/26)." Jude confirmed that those three schools are his top three.

So what did he like about MSU?

"Michigan State is a big campus, a very big stadium, I like that. The educational facilities (are great). They're building a new building called the Duffy Daugherty building so that's going to be nice along with the Clara Bell Smith Center for Education and I like that too."

"Coach Gill said I'm on the top two or three on their recruiting list (at that position) and I fit exactly what they need because they're losing defensive linemen and I fit the profile of what they're looking for. They say I'm quick, fast, strong and agile on my feet and that's what they're looking for."

Jude finished his senior season with 89 tackles including 10 1/2 sacks.

Ryan Jude

Even without a solid offer from the Spartans, Ryan enjoyed his visit to East Lansing.

"It was great, they showed us a real good time. They fed us (it seemed like) every two hours. We had good host (J'Michael Deane, Jesse Miller and Antonio Jeremiah), good mentors they really showed us a good time. We got along great, we bonded really well together they are all great guys."

Jude said he's got one offer from UConn in the bag, but he may have an offer coming from MSU if things swing his way.

After converting from middle linebacker, Jude was switched to defensive end. He said he's not sure if the switch in positions hurt him as far as offers, but he'll play the hand he's been dealt with.

The versatile Ryan ended up with 75 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks, four forced fumbles recovering two. At tight end he caught 12 balls for 132 yards and two TDs.

"They really want to (offer) but I think scholarships now are getting kind of tight as far as defensive ends right now. Some people are saying they're going to commmit but they don't or that they're going to take a visit and they don't. Coach says if that happens I'll be the first to get it."

There's no question that the staff is keeping an offer available for Detroit King phenomenon Nick Perry which is likely effecting their ability to offer.

The Jude brothers have made a timetable of the weekend of February 2 to make their decisions. GSN will keep our readers up-to-date on these two quality players and their decision.

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