After a summer filled with camp visits and an intense workout regiment, Ude says he feels like it's really paying off.
"Oh, yes sir, I can definitely see a difference" said Ude. "I feel more comfortable out there and going out to these camps gave me a whole lot of confidence just because I know exactly what I'm capable of."
"I was able to go out and go against the number one offensive tackle in my class at 3 different camps this summer and I really improved my technique and knowledge; it's carried over for sure."
With two new offers from Northwestern and Syracuse, Ude continues his impressive haul of scholarships. Others schools such as Oregon, Tennessee, Auburn and UCLA look to be on the verge of offering any day now. If those schools come through, they'll join 10 other schools that have offered the talented pass rusher including, TCU, West Virginia, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Mississippi State to name a few.
Speaking of TCU interest, Ude says that even though TCU has stumbled out of the gates with a 1-2 record, the big defender still holds the Horned Frogs in high regard. After witnessing the TCU/LSU game first hand and watching the TCU/Texas Tech game on TV, Ude has a pretty good feel for what's ailing the Frogs.
"I saw the defense do really well in that game (Texas Tech)but that young quarterback played well for Texas Tech" he said. "The defense is playing pretty good but I'm really looking for Devonte Fields to take over a little bit but I'm still waiting to see that."
"The defense is playing pretty good but I think if they get Boykin going at quarterback their offense will get better; I think they'll bounce back."
As far as his communication with the Frogs, Ude says he still stays in steady contact with the staff.
"I've been staying in pretty good contact with Coach Burns but I know he's probably going through a lot of stress right now" said Ude. "With Casey Pachall going down and dealing with Boykin and their two game skid right now, I'm just trying to give him time to get his squad together."
"I just want to make sure everything is okay on his end before I go start talking to him more" he said. "I definitely don't want to add more stress to what he's dealing with over there."
Even with all of the positive vibes coming from Ude regarding TCU, the Frogs need to turn the season around if they want to be a legitimate player for his talents.
"I mean, I just want to see how everybody does this year because definitely the outcome of the season is a factor for me" said the big DE. "It's a factor for me for every single school that's recruiting me, how they end up finishing out the season is very important."
"I've said this before but the idea of a program on the rise is definitely attractive to me" said Ude. "If a team is supposed to do well this year, they need to finish out strong but this 2 game skid for TCU is not an issue right now."
"They can still win out and still accomplish all of their goals."
With a slow start catching the attention of recruits, TCU knows they'll have to step it up starting next week with SMU if they want to keep their momentum going forward. Stay logged on to HornedFrogBlitz.com for the latest with Russell Ude and TCU.