Goodbye, Josh Uche

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1Apr 2020
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Goodbye, Josh Uche

Josh Uche (image via MLive)

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HIGH SCHOOL
Uche was a little bit of a surprising pull for the Wolverines out of Miami (FL) Columbus. With offers from SEC powerhouses Alabama, Auburn, and Florida, along with Miami, his plan to come north was a little out of the ordinary. He finished the cycle as a 3-star, the #43 weakside end, and #707 overall. I initially gave him a TTB Rating of 80 (LINK) before bumping that up to an 82 (LINK).

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24Mar 2020
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Goodbye, Josh Metellus

Josh Metellus (image via The Wolverine)

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HIGH SCHOOL
Metellus was a high school teammate of Devin Bush, Jr. and Devin Gil. He committed to the Wolverines in June of 2015. I initially gave Metellus a TTB Rating of 71 (LINK) and stuck with the at rating throughout the class. That was in the ol’ Blogspot days. He ended up as a 3-star, the #48 safety, and #739 overall.

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16Mar 2020
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Goodbye, Lavert Hill

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HIGH SCHOOL
Lavert Hill came to Michigan out of Detroit (MI) King after his brother, Delano, also came to Michigan after playing high school ball at Detroit (MI) Cass Tech. The younger brother was a 247 Sports 4-star, the #12 cornerback, and #132 overall. He was a U.S. Army All-American, too. I initially gave him a TTB Rating of 81 (LINK) before bumping him up to an 84 (LINK), which was good but still behind classmate David Long.

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13Mar 2020
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Goodbye, Jordan Glasgow

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HIGH SCHOOL
Glasgow was a preferred walk-on out of Aurora (IL) Marmion Academy in 2015. He was following in the footsteps of his older brothers Graham and Ryan by coming to Michigan as a walk-on; both of his brothers ended up getting drafted. His high school highlights show a good player but not one that looked destined for a Power 5 starting gig (LINK).

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2Mar 2020
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Goodbye, Khaleke Hudson

Khaleke Hudson (image via Detroit News)

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HIGH SCHOOL
Hudson, from McKeesport (PA) McKeesport, committed to Michigan in January of 2016, shortly before National Signing Day (LINK). I initially gave him a TTB Rating of 77 before settling on a final of 80 (LINK). He was a 3-star, the #20 safety, and #386 overall in that 2016 class after having an extremely impressive career playing running back and safety.

COLLEGE
With future 1st round draft pick Jabrill Peppers entrenched as the starting Viper in 2016, Hudson came in and played a backup safety and special teams role as a true freshman, making 8 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 1 pass breakup, and 2 blocked punts. With the perfect build and combination of athletic traits for that hybrid spot, Hudson slid pretty seamlessly into the Viper spot in 2017, making 82 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 9 pass breakups, and 2 forced fumbles. He seemed to be heading for an excellent career, but his junior season was disappointing: 44 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 pass breakup, and 2 more blocked punts. His 2019 season produced 101 tackles but only 3 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and and 3 pass breakups.

CAREER STATS
237 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, 2 interceptions (for 22 yards), 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 16 pass breakups, 5 blocked punts

AWARDS
2nd Team All-Big Ten (2019, coaches)
3rd Team All-Big Ten (2019, media)
Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (2017-2018, coaches; 2018, media)

SUMMARY
Hudson has very good career statistics with 237 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, and 2 interceptions. He had a season with 18.5 tackles for loss and 8 sacks. He had a season with 101 tackles. He had 5 career blocked punts. And yet it seemed like he stagnated. After a standout sophomore year when a lot of people started to say he was better than Peppers, the next two seasons just didn’t have a lot of flash plays. The tackles numbers went up his senior year, but he totaled just 7 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, and 0 interceptions during his final two campaigns.

Khaleke Hudson at McKeesport High School (image via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

I WILL REMEMBER HIM FOR…
…his ridiculous high school highlight film. If recruits were graded based on how awesome their highlights are, Hudson would have easily been a 5-star. It’s what led to a lot of people clamoring for him to play running back in college.

PROJECTION
The strength and athleticism that have been on display since high school were once again apparent at the NFL Combine last week when he ran a 4.57 forty and bench pressed 225 lbs. 30 times, which was the best among his position group. He also had a 33″ vertical and a 10’0″ broad jump. Unfortunately, his on-the-field play hasn’t been as impressive as his athletic feats. Not only is he a tweener at 5’10” and 224 lbs., but his skills make him an awkward fit in space against NFL players. I think he will get drafted in the 6th or 7th round based on athletic potential, but he’s going to have to make a big impact on special teams.