With temperatures in the 60s during the weekend in Pittsburgh, Khaleke Hudson did not get the huge change in weather many East Coasters look forward to when they visit Southern California in December.
But it did not dampen his official visit to UCLA.
Hudson, the No. 1 athlete in the East out of McKeesport (Pa.) High, said the connections he made with the players in the program and UCLA coach Jim Mora during the trip were a few of the many high points in a visit he categorized as "great."
A Michigan official visit is set for Jan. 15, and Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Penn State are also pushing for official visits. However, his attention over the weekend was focused squarely on the Bruins.
"Jim Mora is one of the coolest coaches I know," Hudson said. "He really knows how to interact with his players and have some fun. His message was that they really need somebody like me . He wants me to make an impact for the team early."
Schools are split on where to play Hudson, but when UCLA defensive coordinator Tom Bradley visited Hudson last week, he told Hudson the Bruins like him at safety. They are also toying with the idea of having him play running back.
Hudson was hosted by Bruins linebacker Cameron Griffin, but he spent plenty of time with other players as well.
"The players are super cool and they make it feel like home," Hudson said. "It's easy to make friends with those guys. They are the type of people you want to be around."
Hudson came way from the visit with the belief distance would not be a factor, and UCLA was a real option.
"It's so beautiful there," he said. "The weather is always nice and there's always something to do there. The places that are around the campus, like Hollywood, Westwood, Bel-Air and Beverly Hills, (stood out)."
So, why can Hudson picture himself playing for the Bruins?
"Because it's a great school," he said. "It has everything you can look for in a school, and more."
And although the change in temperature was not as drastic as one would expect for a mid-December visit from western Pennsylvania to Los Angeles, Hudson will have the chance to see a more dramatic change in a few weeks. He is playing in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, Calif., on Jan. 3.