New Prospect at Crenshaw?

He's 6-3, 260-pound defensive lineman Carlton Hudson, and so far this fall he's having a break-out senior season after having to sit out his junior year. Hudson fills us in on a recruitment that is just getting started, but he already is feeling the Crenshaw-UCLA connection...

Despite not playing a down in 2005, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw two-way lineman Carlton Hudson (6-3, 260) has shown flashes of excellence in his senior season that could end up making this late bloomer into a quality signing.

Hudson played his sophomore season at University High in Los Angeles, but transferred to Crenshaw for his junior year. However, he was forced to sit out the year, and when he returned to the field in 2006 he had to shake off the rust.

"My 10th grade year at University, my coaches told me I wouldn't get any looks," said Hudson. "I came to Crenshaw but I had to sit out. All my coaches here told me that if I had a good season, that schools would look at me. So I'm expecting it during the season."

At this point, only Washington has maintained any kind of contact with Hudson, but he said that the Crenshaw staff is circulating his name. "Washington has written me letters," said Hudson. "UCLA, USC, Cal, UNLV and Arizona are schools that I like that I would like to hear from. Especially UCLA. I grew up a USC fan, but I like UCLA more now. But I wouldn't mind hearing from USC either."

Hudson said he's been told by his coaches that if he continues to play well, he could get an offer, which he would like to get sooner rather than later.

He plays offensive tackle and defensive tackle. Lining up next to five-star prospect Brian Price has had serious benefits for Hudson. "Playing next to Brian, he's getting double-teamed a lot so that lets me get in the backfield and make plays. I can move pretty good for my size. I could see myself playing defense in college because I'm really aggressive," said Hudson.

Hudson showed some of his downfield ability on Friday night in Crenshaw's win over Roosevelt, running down a running back 40 yards downfield.

This weekend, Hudson plans to attend UCLA's home game against Stanford with Price, Raymond Carter and Kemonte Bateman.

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