Largo (Fla.) High three star cornerback Cordell Hudson has been on the Syracuse radar for some time and is at a position of need for the Orange. Down to three schools with official visits coming up, Hudson hosted Syracuse quarterbacks coach Tim Lester in his home on Monday.
"It was coach Lester," Hudson said. "We pretty much touched on everything. He started with my trip this weekend. We talked about my itinerary and schedule while I'm up there and stuff. He asked my mom a bunch of questions like where she works and about life in general.
"He went on to talk about the school, the team and stuff like that. He was telling me how they're taking two safeties and definitely two corners this year. About how moving to the ACC is going to help their recruiting."
Syracuse is the only school left on Hudson's list that is in the ACC. That conference affiliation could end up being a big factor in his recruitment.
"That's a big thing for me too," Hudson said. "Being in the ACC. All of the schools I'm considering are far away from home. I was just thinking that if I played for a school in the ACC, I'd be able to play games that are closer to home."
Another important aspect of the in-home visit was for Lester to meet Hudson's mom.
"She really liked him," Hudson said. "She was really engaged with everything he was saying during the whole conversation. Those two were actually conversating more than him and I were. She was trying to get a feel for him and get to know him."
"It still pretty much is everyone being equal right now," Hudson said. "This visit makes things one step closer. It made it easier for my parents to get more comfortable with the coaches. This is all about comfortability with the coaching staff and building that relationship. This was one step in that process."
His official visit this coming weekend will be a solo trip. He hopes to learn more about the program in order to make an informed decision when his officials are completed.
"I'll be going by myself," Hudson said. "I'm looking forward to meeting all of the coaches and hanging out with the players. Checking out the facilities and touring the school. Finding out more about the academics."