Hudson Breaks Down Decision To Pick Mizzou

The Missouri Tigers 12th verbal commitment for the recruiting class of 2014 talks to ShowMeMizzou.com about his decision to make his intentions to play for the Missouri Tigers in the SEC on Tuesday, and what it means to him.

On Tuesday, the Missouri Tigers received a verbal commitment from 2014 OT prospect Zach Hudson 6'5" 285 Tampa (FL) Sickles. Afterwards, ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Hudson, who confirmed the commitment, and with Sickles Head Coach, Brian Turner, who talked about what kind of a player Missouri is getting.

Coach Turner said that Missouri’s been recruiting Hudson since early April, and that the Tigers had offered him a scholarship in late May. Hudson visited Missouri in mid-June, and he and his parents really liked what they saw on their Missouri visit.

“After the visit, I wanted to give myself a few more extra days, to see if I’d have the same feeling,” explained Hudson. “A few days later, I felt the same way I did when I visited Missouri. I like the education that I can get at Missouri. I like the team. I like the facilities.”

Coach Turner said that Hudson called the Missouri staff on Tuesday morning to inform them of his commitment. He indicated that Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel was not available to speak with Hudson, but the Sickles head coach said that he believes that Hudson’s commitment is solid on both sides of the equation.

“I talked to Coach Jones,” intimated Hudson, talking about making his commitment. “He was happy to hear that I was committing.”

“It feels good to be a Missouri Tiger,” said Hudson, who plans to make an official visit to Missouri during the season.

“Zach didn’t go to the combines,” began Coach Turner, talking about the former tight end. “He didn’t go to the stuff that would have gotten him rated. But, he’s played against guys that have. To me, he’s the best offensive lineman in our area…………………………………….. There’s a lot of linemen in our area this year, and I’ll happily take Zach over any of them.”

“Missouri did a good job,” explained Coach Turner. “Missouri got a steal that a lot of people didn’t do their homework and actually come and see the kid.”

Hudson has posted a personal best of 315 pounds in the bench press, and 400 pounds in the squat.

“I’ve seen talented guys that play at that level,” said Coach Turner, speaking of the SEC. “And I know that Zach is that kind of a talent. He’s very athletic. Missouri got a good player.”

Hudson chose Missouri over offers from Arizona, East Carolina, Purdue, South Florida, Wake Forest, and West Virginia. He had a conditional offer from Texas.

Hudson said that he is solidly committed to Missouri, and that he is done with his recruitment.

“I feel pretty good about Missouri,” explained Hudson, a multi-sport athlete who has also competed in basketball and baseball. “I like Columbia. It had a nice feel to it. And, I liked seeing how they help you as a student in the classroom. I feel really good about that, too!”

“He’s cancelled all of his other visits,” explained Coach Turner, talking about Hudson’s commitment to Missouri. “He loved his Missouri visit. And, his parents loved it there. They just felt like it was a place where they could leave their kid and he would be in good hands.”

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