Beavs' No. 9 also bound for diamond

BACK IN JULY, it was reported the Beavs received a baseball verbal and that the player might also walk-on for football. But to play both baseball and football in college requires the scholarship count against the football numbers. And a report late this week answered the question -- the two-sport star from the Evergreen State becomes the ninth known verbal commitment for the '09 OSU class.

It has mostly escaped notice but The Portland Tribune reported that Kyrell Hudson 's OSU scholarship will come from football -- answering the big question on if he would play both sports in college.

Baseball is Hudson's first love, as he told Scout.com back in July.

But there's also plenty reason to be excited about the 6-0, 185-pounder's prospects on the football field.

"He's a legitimate two sport star," says Chris Fetters, NW Regional Recruiting Analyst of Scout.com. "That term gets thrown away loosely with a lot of kids but with Hudson, its legitimate.

"From my knowledge of the Greater Saint Helens league, Hudson is considered on of the better pure athletes to ever come out of that league."

Indeed, Hudson, out of Evergreen High in Vancouver, Wash., has loads of athleticism and is projected at wide receiver. How much athleticism?

The safety and corner positions require vastly different skills sets but Hudson has very good hip turn, so much so Fetters says he could have potentially played corner if he wasn't ticketed for offense, and he also has the athleticism and instincts to have made safety yet another possibility.

As a junior, Hudson was named All-League and All-Region at receiver and return man. This season, Evergreen is off to an 0-2 start but Hudson ripped off a 67-yard run and a 70-yard punt return last week against Union.

In the regular season, Hudson had 12-all purpose touchdowns his junior year -- seven TD receptions, three rushing touchdowns, a kickoff return and punt return for scores.

Having versatility and athleticism in your program is always a plus -- as is speed. The local press in the lower Columbia Basin says he's the fastest player in the region with a football in his hands.

As for his prospects on the diamond, he has been called one of the 40 best high school players in the country, hitting .450 with 21 stolen bases last year despite missing much of his junior baseball season wity an injury. Baseball America calls him a true athlete with a frame to add strength, with a strong arm and above-average base running ability. At the plate, he hits for average and occasional power.

Hudson was also named to the West squad this spring for the 2008 Aflac All-American High School Baseball Game, an event that has been dubbed the country's marquee prep All-American baseball event.

Attempts to reach Hudson this week have proved unsuccessful. It's already known his first love is baseball but is his best sport football or baseball? Opinions vary.

But one thing seems clear -- it should fun for Oregon State fans to find out.

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