It’s always interesting when a defensive lineman participates in 7-on-7 passing tournaments. It’s either going to be humorous watching them try to cover shifty slot receivers or it’s going to be intriguing that a lineman his capable of staying with offensive pass catchers.
Through early spring 7-on-7 results, 2019 four-star Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta’s Keyon Ware-Hudson has been in the latter category. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound defensive end has shown he is capable of staying with the fleet-footed receivers and tight ends while playing with his 7-on-7 team.
“You know it’s just versatile and playing different positions and getting familiar because I might be playing linebacker in high school, so I’m going to do both and get to know linebacker better.”
Ware-Hudson’s versatility and ability to disrupt could make him a highly sought after recruit, but right now he is still feeling out the recruiting process. He was actually surprised when he began hearing that schools were interested in him.
“I wasn’t expecting to come that early, but I worked for it, so it came true,” Ware-Hudson said before laying out a potential timeline for his recruitment.
“I’m going to go through all the things, take my official visits, see what school best fits me. I’m going to probably choose in the Army All-American Game or the Under Armour Game.”
For the junior-to-be defender, several schools have been in contact, but he is keeping every school on an equal playing field for now. He most recently received an offer from Nebraska, pushing his offer sheet to five high-profile schools with USC, Michigan, UCLA and Arizona rounding out the list.
The school that stands out on that list is USC, which Ware-Hudson called “the dream school.” Being a Southern California kid, he was enamored with the Trojans growing up.
“I live down the street sort of. I pretty much went to every game out there when I was younger, so they were one of my top teams.”
Ware-Hudson attended USC’s skills camp last summer where he first caught the coaching staff’s eye.
“Right when I got there the coaches knew me a little. They said they were going to work me. They said, ‘Let’s go rookie! Let’s go rookie!’ They put me on every rep.”
From that spawned a relationship with USC defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze and ultimately led to the scholarship he received from the Trojans. Ware-Hudson is hoping for similar reactions from Alabama and Oregon where he plans to attend camps this offseason.
“I just like the team and how physical they are,” Ware-Hudson said of the Tigers. “They play violent and all that.”
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