Hudson reflects on Michigan commitment

Michigan 2017 DT commit James Hudson reflects on his U-M commitment and more.

TOLEDO, Ohio – Looking back, James Hudson says his commitment to Michigan came down to being comfortable with its program.

That moment of comfort came after his visit for U-M’s annual recruiting barbecue in early August, which he says all but cemented his verbal commitment to the Wolverines.

“Really, what made me feel comfortable to commit was the relationship I have with the players, the relationship I have with coach (Greg) Mattison and coach (Don) Brown,” Hudson said moments after his school, Toledo Central Catholic shutout Buffalo (N.Y.) Bishop Timon-St. Jude 49-0.

“Those relationships are huge. I’m going to be spending a lot of time with coach Mattison, that’s the coach I have most close relationship with – I feel like it was the best choice for me.”

Furthermore, Hudson says meeting Michigan’s star freshman Rashan Gary help with his choice as well.

“I talked with a lot of the commits, but I also talked with Rashan Gary,” Hudson said. “Shortly after I talked with the recruits and Rashan Gary, I sat down with my family and said, ‘this is where I want to go.’”

And his relationship with Gary has since blossomed into a friendship, says Hudson.

“Me and Rashan, we definitely connect, we’re almost alike,” Hudson said, further explaining. “I mean, he’s 6-5, I’m 6-5, and we’re going to be playing next to each other. He was just telling me that our connection together is going to be huge, just make the best decision for me.”

Hudson, who plans to take his official visit to U-M later this season, was on Michigan’s campus when the Wolverines defeated Hawaii 63-3 early this month.

“It was huge, the fans showed so much support,” Hudson said of Sept. 3 visit. “I was walking out of the tunnel and I heard fans just screaming my name as I walked out the tunnel, it was huge, man -- I loved it.”

Adding: “I was just watching the defensive line, see how coach Brown’s defense works now, cause he’s the new defensive coordinator, I wanted to see how the defense works. They get after it, I like what they bring on the defensive side.”

In the meantime, however, Hudson says he’s focused in finishing his senior season on a high note. “I just want to finish out my year strong,” Hudson said. “I just want to come out here and give my all, and just play for my school.”

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