Top East Athlete Khaleke Hudson Visiting UCLA This Weekend

Dec. 8 -- The No. 1 athlete in the East, Khaleke Hudson, will be visiting Westwood this weekend for an official visit to UCLA...

Khaleke Hudson's calendar is filling up. His first official visit is this weekend to UCLA and he also set an official visit for Michigan for Jan. 15. In addition to that, he's going to have plenty of coaches coming through McKeesport (Pa.) High and making in-home visits.

UCLA showed its commitment to Hudson when defensive coordinator Tom Bradley traveled cross-country for an in-home. As expected, the more local schools of Michigan, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Penn State, which is set to visit him again Tuesday, all stopped by as well.

"They’ve all been coming through the last few days," McKeesport assistant coach Jim Wehner said. "He’s a very good player. He’s probably the best kid I’ve ever coach. I know a lot of coaches are recruiting him on the defensive side of the ball, but that kid can play running back just about anywhere. He’s legit."

UCLA's main pitch is to play Hudson at safety -- he is a physical player who could be a run stopper at strong safety -- but there is also a chance he could play running back.

 "(Bradley) told me I would be a starter the first year, and he was explaining how it would be there for me, and how I will be a better man," Hudson said.

He added the trip accros the country for an in-home was huge.

"It means a lot," he said. "It shows how much they want me."

Hudson is trying to set other official visis, but is yet to decide on dates. A Jan. 22 trip to Penn State is possible, but the biggest priority is seeing schools he hasn't visited yet, or hasn't studied in-depth. 

"He’s already been to Penn State, Pitt, West Virginia for (unofficial visits) and saw all the locals," Wehner said. "Virginia Tech told him they didn’t have a head coach at the time, so they didn’t want to bring any recruits until they had a head coach. One of the assistant coaches was in school the other day, and they told him as soon as he got a head coach, they were going to get him down there. He really liked (former) coach (Frank) Beamer."

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