Hudson Focused on Three

Largo (Fla.) cornerback Cordell Hudson has eyes for three programs with two official visits standing in front of his college decision. Hudson recently returned from an official visit to Iowa State and will see two Northeast schools in December.

Iowa State leads for Largo (Fla.) cornerback Cordell Hudson after an impressive official visit, but both Syracuse and Rutgers will get the chance to host him before any decision gets made.

Hudson will visit Syracuse the weekend of Dec. 6 and spend the next weekend in Piscataway, N.J., for a Rutgers visit.

"I've already taken my official to Iowa State, and it was honestly great," Hudson said. "It's basically just those three schools. Iowa State has an engineering program, and that's what I want to major in. Those other schools don't have the same opportunity, so when I go on these trips, it would have to be a great visit to sway me or change my mind because education is first."

Hudson said he is in daily contact with Rutgers defensive line coach Jim Panagos and that their relationship keeps the Scarlet Knights high on his board.

Hudson also likes the pro-style system that sent defensive backs Logan Ryan, Duron Harmon and Marcus Cooper to the NFL draft this year.

"That's one thing I really like about Rutgers," Hudson said. "The defense they run is an NFL type defense. A lot of DBs from that team get drafted because they already have experience in an NFL system."

Hudson's relationship with Panagos has been a key part of his recruitment, he said.

"I talk my recruiting coach every single day, every day," Hudson said. "He's a great guy. He's funny. He's always making jokes and stuff."

Syracuse remains aggressive in Hudson's recruitment, and is the next school to host him on an official visit. New members of the ACC, the Orange end the regular season the week before against Boston College.

"I want to see the kind of college culture they have," Hudson said. "I'd like to meet the players and stuff, tour the facilities and just learn more about them."

Hudson enjoyed an unofficial visit to Iowa State in September, and said he sees Ames and the Big 12 as good fits.

"I loved their facilities and I have a great relationship with the coaches," Hudson said. "I like the environment. It's a lot different than Florida, but I liked it. … In that conference, all they do is pass."

A final decision will come sometime after Dec. 15 when he returns home from his Rutgers visit.


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