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West Virginia's offensive line recruiting targets for the class of 2007 includes players from all over the country, and one of the best hails from the heart of offensive line coach Rick Trickett's recruiting area.

Rodney Hudson, of Ben Rain High School in Mobile, Ala., is a powerful player -- and he uses that natural gift in every aspect of his play. From an excellent base, he uses his strength to pancake defenders, which is a natural result given the power he generates from his good start.

"Run blocking is definitely a thing I do well," Hudson told before heading off to his summer job. "I use a lot of power, and I enjoy knocking people over."

Statements like that are certainly music to Coach Trickett's ears, but it's not just West Virginia that is pursuing the Mobile star. He counts Purdue, Illinois, Michigan State, and Clemson, "among others" as offers, and is receiving interest from many other schools as well.

Hudson is likely in the recruiting game for the long term, as he wants to take some of his official visits after his senior season.

"I plan to go in December," said Hudson, who is being recruited as a tackle by WVU. "I am definitely going to go to Clemson and West Virginia, and I could visit some other schools too."

Hudson added that he was looking for a program with "a winning mentality" and also for a school that emphasizes education along with athletics. So far, West Virginia looks to be grading out very well on Hudson's evaluation, but the final marks probably won't come until after the football season when he makes his official visits.


Hudson's ability to make quick decisions and reads makes him an even more attractive target for West Virginia. The Mountaineers' zone blocking scheme requires its offensive linemen to make quick decisions on many of its combination blocks -- an attribute that can be tough for some linemen to master. Throw in his nimble feet, and he could be a great fit in the WVU offense.

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Hudson earned first team All-State and All-Region honors as a junior.

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