Grossmont's Udeh ready to make an impact

If you're looking for a safety that can be an enforcer and still drop down and cover slot receivers, Grossmont S Josh Udeh (6-0, 202) should be high on your prospect list. spoke to the versatile DB recently and he updated us on things including what he's working on right now to become a better football player...

"Things are going well right now," Udeh told recently. "I've been working on my footwork and just getting stronger so I can handle all that I'm going to be asked to do this year.

"A lot of what I do comes down to eating right and then making sure I'm improving my coverage skills and how I read things. I just want to stay healthy and have a good season this fall."

As a prep, Udeh had a solid career at Scripps Ranch (San Diego) High School and signed with a D-2 school in Arkansas.

"I went to Harding University in Arkansas," Udeh said. "I was hoping to go to a D-1 school, but I just didn't get any offers, so I signed there, but I wasn't happy and wanted a chance to play D-1 football so I came back home and Grossmont was the school I chose because my relationship with the coaches and because they do a good job of getting guys moved on to D-1 programs."

As a redshirt freshman last fall, Udeh participated in the nickel and dime packages for the Griffs, notching 10 tackles, four passes defensed and one forced fumble, but this year he'll be playing more of a traditional safety role.

"Last year I played a lot of nickel corner where I was over the slot receiver and a lot of special teams," Udeh said. "I feel like I can do whatever a team needs me to do because I've always been able to do that.

"This season I'll be more of a free safety for us, where I can play that 'center field' role and read plays and make plays on the ball when it's in the air."

Because he didn't get much in the way of playing time last fall, Udeh's recruiting hasn't really gotten started yet.

"There have been a few schools through already and my coaches said that some of the coaches have asked about me and stuff like that," Udeh said. "I still have to prove myself this fall, so I didn't expect to get a lot of attention yet, but hopefully I will once schools see what I can do."

Udeh is a solid student and is on pace to finish his AA this December with two year to play two once the 2010 season is completed.

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