HUDSON: 'No one compared in the wow factor'

THERE WAS LITTLE that Kyrell Hudson couldn't do on the football field last season -- Paul Valencia of The Columbian says he's the fastest prep footballer he's ever seen. Baseball scouts across the country already have their eyes on him and Beaver Nation may just get the chance to get a glimpse of two sport star Kyrell Hudson in Orange and Black on both football and baseball fields. But..

But first Kyrell Hudson must decide between signing a minor league baseball contract in June --  or enrolling at Oregon State for the fall term.
Baseball Northwest lists Hudson as the No. 1 draft prospect in the Northwest and one of the best overall in the nation. He's being predicted to go in the second or third round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft that takes place during the first week of June.  Hudson has already stated that he will go pro if he is offered enough money.

"He told me he is in a no-lose situation,"  Paul Valencia of The Columbian said. "Get paid to play baseball, or go to OSU for football and baseball."

What makes Hudson so attractive on the gridiron is his speed.  Each time he touches the pigskin he could go for six.

"He is the fastest person I have seen, at the high school level, with a football in his hands," Valencia said.  "He is fun to watch because of the 'you-never-know' factor. As in, you never know when he could break one.

"In my eight seasons in Southwest Washington, there is no one who compares with Kyrell as far as speed and the 'wow' factor. While this area has had a number of linemen go to Division I schools, there have not been many "skill" players. Physically, he is ready. Who ever knows about the mental part. Kyrell has been the best athlete on any field he has stepped on for years. That all changes in the fall."

Hudson scored every which way for Evergreen High during his junior and senior seasons.  In just seven games as a senior he scored 11 touchdowns while playing running back, receiver and returning kickoffs and punts.  As a junior he scored 12 all-purpose touchdowns, seven on touchdown receptions, three rushing, one on a kickoff and one on a punt.

"His strengths are his speed and his instincts," Valencia said.  "He displayed both talents often."

One of those displays came this year when he turned a good gain into a 67-yard highlight reel score that dropped jaws.

"He took a handoff through a hole, broke toward the sideline, and we all thought the play would go for about 10 to 15 yards before he was pushed out of bounds. There were three defenders who had pursuit angles, and all they had to do was push him out of bounds," Valencia said.  "Instead, Hudson put it into an extra gear."

"There were no missed tackles on the play; just three defenders wondering where he went...In this case, that night, I bumped into some coaches from another school who were there to scout Evergreen. They said they kept watching the play over and over again on their cameras because they had never seen that type of speed, either.

"Looking at the box score, it was 'just' a 67-yard touchdown run. Those who were there saw it as a 15-yard run that he made 67 -- all with his speed."

The 6-foot, 185-pound player earned All-4A Greater St. Helens first team honors as a kick returner in 2007 and 2008.  If he does decide to enroll at OSU he could end up returning kicks early. Beaver head man Mike Riley could barely contain himself talking about Hudson's college potential.

"A dynamic return guy - very special in that area...Kyrell Hudson is a phenomenal athlete. He will have other options as he goes, but I am very pleased that (baseball coach) Pat Casey and my staff and his staff worked together in the recruiting of Kyrell," Riley said.

The Beaver coaching staff recruited Hudson as a receiver, but he could end up on defense at cornerback or safety.

"Tremendous speed, great hips.  He's got some great God-given ability," OSU assistant coach Jay Locey told The Joe Beaver Radio Show.  "Tough player, courageous player, and fearless. He's got very natural hands."


  • Valencia on another stellar play by Hudson - "In that same game, he had a long punt return in which he started in the middle of the field, ran to the left sideline, crossed over all the way to the right sideline, then weaved back toward the middle, found some room on the right again and waltzed into the end zone. Sure, there was speed there, but that was mostly instinct. And if that return had happened in a major college game or pro game, it would have been seen by everyone on the highlight reel."
  • Riley on Hudson playing two sports - "We have worked with Pat - way back to the days of Kenny Simonton.  Kenny came here to do both, but obviously ended up putting in most of his time into football.  Kyrell is definitely a two sport guy.  He is on a football scholarship but is going to play two sports."


A big thanks to Paul Valencia of The Columbian for providing his insight on one of the newest members of Beaver Nation.

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