Redshirt freshman offensive tackle James Hudson has decided to move on from the Michigan football program.
Hudson was a class of 2017 recruit who was a 247 Composite 4-star, the #13 defensive tackle, and #231 overall. I gave him a TTB Rating of 85 (LINK). Hudson started off playing defensive tackle at Michigan, but he switched to the offensive side of the ball, which is where I saw him fitting best when he came out of high school. Rumors out of this summer were that Hudson was pushing Juwann Bushell-Beatty for a starting offensive tackle spot, but obviously he lost that battle and had only been playing backup snaps so far this year.
This is an unfortunate development for Michigan. I thought Hudson was going to be a good offensive tackle, but he probably needed some more time to develop. Michigan needs offensive tackles and can’t afford to lose the good ones it has. It’s somewhat baffling that an offensive tackle would leave at this point with Bushell-Beatty graduating this year and Jon Runyan, Jr. done after next year.
Michigan now has just 80 scholarship players on the roster (LINK), so with 11 seniors graduating, the 2019 class should be at least 16 players strong.