Name: Khaleke Hudson
Weight: 206 lbs.
High school: McKeesport (PA) McKeesport
Jersey number: #7
Last year: Hudson was a senior in high school (LINK). He rushed 106 times for 1,118 yards and 17 touchdowns; he also made 60 tackles and 3 interceptions (2 for touchdowns).
Final TTB Rating: 80
Hudson wasn't on the Michigan recruiting radar for a long while during the 2016 recruiting cycle. He earned an offer in late fall and took an official visit to Ann Arbor in January. After that he was all Wolverine. And after having ample time to see what he brings to the table, Michigan fans were pretty excited. He was a stat machine in high school, averaging over 10 yards/carry. He has a long, ridiculous highlight reel. And against other elite high schoolers in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, he was all over the field and one of the primary standouts in the game.
I pegged Hudson as a nickel corner coming out of high school, much like what Jabrill Peppers played last season. Word came out this summer that he will start his career at safety. Whether that's a long-term thing or just an indication of how thin Michigan is at the safety position, we'll just have to see. It would not be surprising at all to see him move down to the SAM linebacker spot to replace Peppers someday, but that would depend on Michigan becoming flush at safety, which is questionable since another two seniors will graduate after this season. For this season I expect him to back up Delano Hill at strong safety, and I also think he has the abilities to help out on special teams. Physically, I think he's ready for the college game, but safety can be a tough position to play from a mental standpoint, so hopefully he's up to the task.
Prediction: Backup strong safety