After getting aggressively by Paul Chryst and his coaching staff at the University of Pittsburgh, McKeesport (PA) High athlete Khaleke Hudson figured it was only a matter of time before he added an offer from the University of Wisconsin.
So when the former Panthers coaches now wearing Wisconsin red extended him an offer in early May, the Badgers immediately became one of the schools Hudson was really intrigued by.
“I’m from Pittsburgh, so I used to always be down there (on their campus) and talking to them,” Hudson told BadgerNation. “They are a very good coaching staff. Wisconsin is a real good program, especially with them going there.”
While some prospects develop strong relationships with only the recruiting coach, the 6-1, 200-pound Hudson said he’s build a strong bond with Chryst, special teams coach Chris Haering, offensive line coach Joe Rudolph and many others.
“All the guys who worked at Pitt I have a good relationship with,” said Hudson.
Hudson was supposed to visit Madison this past weekend but canceled at the last minute. He says the Badgers are still a school he wants to see before he decides.
“I am going to try to get back out there; I’m definitely going to get out there before I make my decision,” said Hudson. “I like them a lot. The coaching staff stands out and the kind of football that they play, that Big Ten football. They play hard-nosed.”
Hudson embraces Wisconsin’s style because that’s the way he likes to play. Playing on both sides of the ball, Hudson rushed 155 times for 1,573 yards and 24 touchdowns, and he ran for more than 100 yards in eight of 10 games. Defensively, he had 28 tackles and intercepted three passes.
Rated a three-star prospect and the No.28 athlete in the country by Scout.com, Hudson said most schools are recruiting him at safety, including Wisconsin.
Approaching 20 scholarship offers, Hudson said he’s planning on cutting his list “soon” but isn’t locked in to a specific release date.
“I started narrowing it down,” said Hudson. “It’s going to be a top 10…I know Wisconsin and Penn State will be on it. I’m going to do it soon. I just don’t know how soon. I’m still thinking.”
Having already visited Penn State a handful of time, Hudson plans to visit Michigan State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest before the start of his season. He also says Alabama and Tennessee are trying to get him to visit and might visit those schools.
“I’m enjoying it,” said Hudson. “It’s a frustrating process, but it’s a fun process.”