Largo (Fla.) High cornerback Cordell Hudson had a great official visit to Syracuse last weekend. On Thursday, head coach Scott Shafer and quarterbacks coach Tim Lester visited the three star corner in his home to meet his family.
"First off, because my dad works the night shift, they met my mom," Hudson said. "My mom is very big on education so that was the first thing they wanted to touch on. The college educated part of it. They were talking about how I'm already ahead with college credits. I would be able to graduate with my bachelor's in three years. Then, I would start working on my master's. He thinks I would be able to have my master's done by the time I'm done with football.
"He then went on to talk about football, but the thing is he really didn't talk about football exactly. His big thing is people. That's one thing he talks about a lot. People. Getting to know people. It's not what you know it's who you know. Football is a big business and the game is a bonus. It's all about the people."
Being able to have the Syracuse coaches spend time with Hudson's parents is a big factor in his recruitment.
"That's one thing my parents wanted to do before I make a decision is meet the coaches and the head coach," Hudson said. "So that they can get comfortable with who I'm going to be with for the next four or five years. It definitely eased some of those questions or worries. She likes the coaches a lot."
Shafer traveling all the down to Florida in order to meet with Hudson and his family showed the dedication Syracuse has to Hudson as a prospect and person.
"It just shows me that I mean a lot to him," Hudson said. "He kept saying how much he really wanted to coach me. It made me feel like I need to be there. Like I want to be there."
Despite how well things seem to be going with Hudson and Syracuse, he is still taking another official visit this weekend. He travels up north once again to visit Rutgers.
"First off, when I'm up there, the first thing I'm going to ask myself is can I see myself there for the next four or five years," Hudson said. "If I can't then I'm probably going to have to drop them. If I can, then I'll move on from there. Then just ask myself if the players there are actually like a family and a brotherhood that I want to be a part of."
After he returns home from his official visit to Rutgers, Hudson plans on speaking with his family about the trip and his recruitment overall. He is hopeful that a decision will be made shortly after that.