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Relationships Led Hudson To Michigan

Toledo (OH.) Central Catholic 2017 defensive tackle James Hudson talks about his commitment to the Wolverines with practice footage included

The Maize and Blue have compiled a very impressive group defensive line commitments and added another big piece when Toledo (OH.) Central Catholic 2017 defensive tackle James Hudson picked Michigan over Michigan State and others.

One of the main factors in Hudson’s decision to pick the Wolverines was the relationships he has forged in Ann Arbor.

"Michigan is just a different type of feeling," he said. I could really connect with lot of the players there like Carlo Kemp and Rashan Gary, me and those two get along really well. Me and Rashan, we speak almost every day. We're great friends and we're going to be great teammates."

"I really spoke with Coach Mattison of course, DL oach, also spoke with Coach Brown and Coach Zordich. My relationship with Coach Matty is great. He's definitely my favorite D-Line coach I've met. Coach Matty has a plan for me and I like that."

That plan will be for Hudson to play a three-tech, something he is comfortable with because he is sometimes asked to do that at Central Catholic.

Hudson was undecided still going into this weekend's BBQ and that was part of what helped him finalize his decision on Sunday and announce on Monday. Part of that BBQ was getting to sit down with head coach Jim Harbaugh for a one on one conversation.

"He said Michigan is going to help me become, not only a better football player, but also a better person," Hudson said.

With that, Michigan won a key recruiting battle for a big, physical defensive lineman.

Hudson finished his junior season with 82 tackles (25 for loss) and 8.5 sacks. He joins Phil Paea and Aubrey Solomon as the defensive tackles in Michigan's class.

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