Hudson Anxious to Begin Wisconsin Career

Picking up a couple of high-profile BCS offers since committing to Wisconsin over the summer, Tampa (FL) Plant Senior defensive back Austin Hudson has no interest in looking at other schools, as his visit to the Badgers reminded him why he committed in the first place.

Tampa (FL) Pant senior safety Austin Hudson was not a hot commodity coming into Wisconsin's summer camp, but dazzled head coach Gary Andersen and the defensive staff to eventually earn a scholarship offer. It only took him days to realize he wanted to play for the Badgers, and committed shortly after.

Hudson considered that the Honeymoon but coming for his official visit this weekend, holding new BCS offers from Georgia and Missouri, he's even more convinced that Wisconsin is the right place for him.

"My visit went really, really, really well, Hudson told BadgerNation. "Everything that I thought it was going to be, it was. Any doubt about my commit is completely erased. This visit was my reinsurance from when I came here over the summer. It felt right and the people I perceived here were accurate, so it was great. I am 100 percent committed to Wisconsin."

"The first day I went to the Great Dane, which is a really good pub place and hung out with some players. Second day, we went to the game and went on the field, so it was pretty sweet. I got to meet Barry Alvarez and Ron Dayne that day - a couple Wisconsin legends. That night I hung out with some of the players.

"Sunday I had breakfast at Camp Randall and toured the weight room along with look at the nutrition side of things. We also met Coach Andersen in his office and talked a little bit and left. Couldn't be happier with the visit."

While Hudson – currently a two-star recruit and the No.144 safety in the country by Fox Sports Next - and Andersen had a strong relationship, the visit was important for Hudson's mother to get to know Wisconsin's first year head coach. It didn't take her long to give Andersen her seal of approval.

"The conversation with Coach Andersen wasn't that detailed and he is more of a get-to-the-point type of guy than a talker," said Hudson. "We talked a little bit about how it will be when I come in and that was basically it. It was more for my mom because my mom has never met him. She was making sure I would be okay. She liked him a lot. He is a real straight-forward guy and that is what my mom likes. He is a player's coach, which is why he is so successful, and if you have a guy you want to play for, then you play extra hard for him. That is what they have been doing."

The 6-2, 190-pound safety raved about many parts of his visit, but the highlight of it had to be the game itself.

"My favorite part of the trip had to be the game," said Hudson. "The game was awesome. It was so packed and I couldn't even see an empty seat. The student section was really cool and was the best atmosphere you can play in. I took a video of the "Jump Around," which was pretty awesome. I was just shocked they are packed every game like an Ohio State, but that is cool they are every game."

Spending time with four-star offensive tackle and Wisconsin commit Jaden Gault during the visit, Hudson, like Gault, plans on enrolling in time for spring practices in order to make an early impact in the Wisconsin secondary.

"I will be flying into Wisconsin on January 12th and be enrolling early," said Hudson. "Wisconsin is a very supportive environment and attracts a lot of guys like me, so I hope the fans keep doing what they are doing. Support the players through the tough times because it really means a lot because we are people, too. This is one of the best recruiting classes at Wisconsin, so the fans are doing a great job and I can't wait to get up there."


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