Hudson enjoys visit to Montlake

Following a 17-hour drive from his hometown in southern California, Redlands East Valley DE Andrew Hudson participated in the final day of Washington's Rising Stars camp. Afterwards he and his coach headed south to meet with the Oregon State coaching staff and now that he's visited two of his favorite schools, Hudson admitted he's getting closer to making a decision...

"It was tiring, but I'm glad we did it," Hudson admitted to about his weekend road trip north. "It was fun to get out and work out with the (Washington) coaches running you through things. It helped them get to know me and what I can do and it helped me to get to know them and how they will coach and what they expect out of their players."

Hudson has offers from Washington, Oregon State, Arizona State, Fresno State and San Diego State, but the Huskies and Beavers have vaulted to the top after his visits this weekend.

"With Washington, I got to meet with all the coaches and get to know them a little better," Hudson said. "Coach (Jimmie) Dougherty and coach (Steve) Sarkisian are the main ones I've gotten to know. They are really good coaches and they make you feel at hom.

"I also talked with some of my old teammates -- Chris Polk and Ronnie (Fouch) -- and they told me about the program and what to expect.

"Chris is probably the one that was just telling me how it was. He was saying some of the workouts are just brutal, but in a good way. He says the players and the coaches are focused on what they have to do go get back to winning."

After his visit to Montlake, Hudson and his coach then headed back south and made a stop in Corvalis.

"I got to meet with the defensive line coach (Joe Seumalo), but all of the rest of the coaches were out of town," Hudson said. "They have some new facilities there and they have been winning so they are definitely a school I have to consider just because of what they've been able to do the past few years.

"Those coaches always seem to get the best out of their players. I just wish I could have met some of them, but they were gone for summer too, so it was just meeting with the coach and getting a tour of the school."

As a junior in 2008, Hudson posted 70 tackles, five sacks and one fumble recovery from his defensive end position.

Hudson said he plans to make a decision before his senior season, but wants to get out to visit Arizona State before he finalizes anything.

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