2017 Season Countdown: #8 Khaleke Hudson

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24Aug 2017
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2017 Season Countdown: #8 Khaleke Hudson

Khaleke Hudson (#7, image via MLive)

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Name: Khaleke Hudson
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 205 lbs.
High school: McKeesport (PA) McKeesport
Position: Viper
Class: Sophomore
Jersey number: #7
Last year: I ranked Hudson #46 and said he would be a backup strong safety. Hudson made 8 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 pass breakup.
TTB Rating: 80

Hudson looks like Tarzan and plays like Tarzan. He obliterated people in high school, and he struggled with digesting the defense in 2016, but he still blocked 2 punts. With a couple senior safeties and a pretty good sophomore in Tyree Kinnel, it wasn’t surprising that Hudson didn’t see the field much. The biggest question was whether Hudson or Josh Metellus would step forward first, and it seemed like the coaching staff thought Metellus was further ahead, since he stepped in for Jabrill Peppers in the bowl game.

Going into this spring, there were still questions about whether Hudson could handle the intricacies of the defense. After a few spring practices at Viper, the answer seemed to be a resounding YES. By almost all accounts, Hudson is just a hair away from being Jabrill Peppers; meanwhile, Metellus is no longer a factor at Viper and resides at strong safety. Nobody is a close second at Viper, but freshman Jaylen Kelly-Powell and redshirt sophomore Jordan Glasgow provide depth. It’s Hudson’s job unless something happens. I look forward to seeing Hudson support the run, chase after quarterbacks, and do his impression of a first round draft pick.

Prediction: Starting Viper; 65 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions

14Apr 2017
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Five Things to Watch in Michigan’s Spring Game

Khaleke Hudson (image via Pinterest)

The Maize Team will be quarterbacked by Wilton Speight and presumed #2 guy John O’Korn, which leaves redshirt freshman Brandon Peters as the signal caller for the Blue team. Did the Maize team draft two quarterbacks to prevent the Blue team from having a competent quarterback? Or did the Blue team truly rank Peters above O’Korn? O’Korn and Peters have reportedly gone back and forth at times during spring practices, but it would be a significant step forward for Peters if the coaches think he’s the #2 option. After all, O’Korn has started numerous games in his career at Houston and then against Indiana last season.

Hit the jump for four more burning questions.

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27Jul 2016
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2016 Season Countdown: #46 Khaleke Hudson

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Khaleke Hudson

Name: Khaleke Hudson
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 206 lbs.
High school: McKeesport (PA) McKeesport
Position: Safety
Class: Freshman
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

20Apr 2016
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Poll results: Which 2016 prospect will have the best career at running back for Michigan?

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Kareem Walker

Back in March I posted a poll about the 2016 class of running backs: Which 2016 prospect will have the best career at RB for Michigan?

Here are the results out of 1,105 total votes:

Kareem Walker: 48%
Naturally, this was bound to be the pick since Michigan stole Walker from Ohio State, he’s the highest rated of the bunch (4-star, #4 RB, #100 overall), and he was an Under Armour All-American. The 6’1″, 210 lb. prospect enrolled early and participated in Michigan’s spring practices, but he appears to be a ways down the depth chart for now. Walker was my pick because a couple of these guys won’t stay at tailback, and I think he has good potential to be a between-the-tackles runner with a bit of burst.

Kingston Davis: 28%
Another early enrollee, Davis is a bit of a tweener who could also play fullback. In fact, he was a 3-star, the #1 FB, and #735 overall in the 2016 class. Of course, the last time Michigan signed the #1 fullback in the class, Brandon Minor turned into a pretty good tailback. Davis’s size has been listed at anywhere from 225 lbs. to 242 lbs. at different times, and he is not the most explosive back, but he has resisted suggestions that he’ll be a blocking back in college.

Khaleke Hudson: 16%
A standout tailback in high school, Hudson was recruited to Michigan as a safety/outside linebacker. The 5’11”, 205 lb. Pennsylvania native was a 3-star, the #23 safety, and #382 overall, and he was a standout in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl. There’s always a chance that he could end up playing running back in college if the chips fall in a certain way, but I’m looking at him as a potential replacement for Jabrill Peppers down the road.

Chris Evans: 8%
Evans also appeared in the wide receiver poll results, which I posted the other day (LINK). The 5’11”, 186-pounder could be a runner, a wide receiver, or a cornerback in college. He should get his first shot at running back, but Jim Harbaugh tends to like bigger, stronger backs.