NC State hasn't targeted many junior college prospects as of late but you can't blame them for taking a close look at standout DE Drew Hudgins from Highland (Ka) Community College. After a less-than-spectacular freshman season, Hudgins took a medical redshirt last year. This season, the 6-5, 235 pound defender with 4.78-second speed in the 40 exploded with some eye-popping production.
Although Highland limped to a 3-6 overall record, Hudgins was simply phenomenal. He finished off 2006 with 93 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 19 sacks and two forced fumbles en route to all-conference honors.
Hudgins talked about the improvement he's made from his freshman season to this one.
"I think I really matured physically," he said. "I gained a lot of weight, got bigger and now I just feel a lot more comfortable out there."
Hudgins' production and potential has led to serious interest from several division one colleges and he talked about where he's planning to visit over the next few weeks.
"I went to Colorado last weekend and I've already been to NC State," said Hudgins. "I'm also looking at taking visits to UNC and Miami. Colorado, UNC and Connecticut have all offered me."
Hudgins actually made his first trip to NC State a few weeks back and he talked about his initial trip to Raleigh.
"I really liked it," he said. "They have nice facilities and I liked the team. They have some nice coaches, too. Coach Stroud is recruiting me. They haven't offered yet. They said they wanted to watch some more film from this year and they'd get back to me so I sent that off last week."
As for favorites, Hudgins said it's still too early for him to say where he may be leaning as he's still in the process of evaluating all of his options.
"Right now I'm just trying to get all my visits in and get comfortable with the schools that are recruiting me," he said. "I don't have any favorites."
Hudgins is a December graduate and will enroll in college in January. He is a fine student so grades are certainly not an issue.