Things Winding Down For McKeesport Athlete

Hudson is ready to narrow the field. But when will be make a final decision?

For McKeesport (Pa.) High athlete Khaleke Hudson, the recruiting process is about to get down to the nitty gritty. But where do the Nittany Lions stand with the three-star prospect who is closing in on 20 offers?

Hudson has made multiple visits to Penn State, including a camp appearance last summer. He intends to get back to Happy Valley in the next month or so.

“I probably won't camp because I got (an) offer,” he reported. “But I'm definitely gonna go back up there for some more visits.”

Hudson, whose first name is pronounced KAH-leak, carried 155 times for 1,573 yards and 24 scores as a junior at McKeesport. And he worked out as a running back at the recent Nike Opening event in Columbus.

He is not positive which side of the ball he'll be on in college.

“That's to be determined,” he said. “Right now, I just see myself (as someone who) can play anywhere, like an athlete. In the future, I'll probably be at safety. But I'm just going at running back (in Columbus) so I can show all I can do.”

Penn State has been very clear that it is recruiting the physical 6-foot-1, 200-pounder as a safety. As fate would have it, the Lions' two secondary coaches, Terry Smith and Bob Shoop, both have strong roots in western Pennsylvania.

“I know Terry Smith very well,” Hudson said. “He's the one I mainly talk to. I talked to Coach Bob Shoop, as well, because he's the safeties coach. So I've got a good friendship with those coaches.”

But Penn State is not alone when it comes to coaches who have experience recruiting in and near Pittsburgh.

Wisconsin, which is now led by former Pitt coach Paul Chryst, is a strong player for Hudson's services. Hudson recently told that he hopes to visit Madison this summer (even though a recent scheduled trip was cancelled).

A more recent offer came from UCLA, where former Penn State and West Virginia assistant Tom Bradley is now working.

Hudson said he has already narrowed his list to 10 schools, but will not be releasing the list until sometime later this month. However, he told that PSU and Wisconsin will make the cut.

From there, it does not figure to be very long before he makes a final decision.

“Right now, I'm thinking about getting it done before the season starts,” he said. “Just so I can ease my mind and not worry about all the recruiting and stuff so I can focus on my senior season.”

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