Name: Khaleke Hudson
Weight: 205 lbs.
High school: McKeesport (PA) McKeesport
Notes: Holds offers from Akron, Army, Ball State, Boston College, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Navy, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Old Dominion, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Toledo, UMass, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia, and Wisconsin . . . Claims a 4.61 forty . . . ESPN 3-star, 74 grade, #85 safety . . . Rivals 3-star athlete . . . Scout 4-star, #24 athlete, #273 overall . . . 247 Sports 4-star, 90 grade, #13 safety, #311 overall . . . Semper Fidelis All-American
Stats: Senior season stats include 106 carries, 1118 yards, 10.5 yards/carry, 17 TDs; 5 catches, 219 yards, 43.8 yards/catch, 5 TDs; 60 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 interceptions for 99 yards (2 TDs), 5 fumble recoveries
Strengths: Solidly built . . . Strong lower body . . . Excellent balance when running the ball . . . Runs behind his pads . . . Good speed . . . Quick feet . . . Good lateral quickness . . . Accelerates quickly out of cuts . . . Willing and capable blocker . . . On defense he shows good fundamentals . . . Disciplined defender, not a freelancer . . . Strong for his size at point of attack . . . Good force player able to keep contain . . . Solid blitzer who can be both physical and elusive to block . . . Aggressive tackler
Weaknesses: Lacks the elite speed to play corner . . . More of a zone defender than a man coverage guy . . . A little undersized to play linebacker . . . Can get overwhelmed by linemen at point of attack if playing inside . . . Would need to improve footwork through the hole as RB on offense . . . Lack of height could be an issue against tight ends and taller receivers
Projection: Strong safety/outside linebacker. Hudson is the definition of an “athlete” when you’re thinking about recruiting. He is a guy who could fill many roles, and so you just want to get him on campus, see how he fits on the field, and maybe plug him in where you have a talent deficiency. For a lot of programs – including Michigan’s – I think he fits in best as a strong safety/outside linebacker hybrid. He was excellent in that role during the Semper Fi All-American Bowl, making tackles all over the field, breaking up passes in the flat, etc. Jabrill Peppers played that role this past season for the Wolverines, and he was excellent at blowing up screens, supporting the run, and defending the flat. Hudson isn’t quite as fast or athletic, but not many people are. I also think Hudson has good enough quickness, balance, and toughness to make an impact at running back.
Reminds me of: Brandon Harrison. Harrison may have disappeared from your memory by this point, but he played at Michigan from 2005-2008 and bridged the coaching transition from Lloyd Carr to Rich Rodriguez. Harrison (5’8″, 193 lbs.) was smaller than Hudson and maybe a smidgen faster, but the former played some box safety for the Wolverines under Rodriguez. In his one year after Carr departed, Harrison made 69 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and 3 pass breakups.
Likelihood of committing to Michigan: Hudson took his official visit to Michigan last weekend, is visiting Penn State this weekend, and will be at Pitt next weekend. He lists Michigan as “Warmer” on his 247 Sports profile, and the 43% of Crystal Ball choices in Michigan’s favor represent a plurality. It would be a minor upset if he chose either of the home-state schools, who look like the only other remaining threats.