Defensive tackle Carlton Hudson (6-4, 275, 5.0) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw flew somewhat under the radar during the spring because many schools thought he was going to be juco bound.
Hudson is the beneficiary of a new rule that allows some high school players an added year. He was given another of eligibility because he missed a year when he was in North Carolina for a semester.
According to Hudson he was awarded his extra year just last week and there is every reason to believe he's going to be highly recruited once word breaks out that he will be lining up for Crenshaw this fall.
Hudson certainly opened up eyes when he attended the NIKE Camp held in Los Angeles last April and according to many he was the best defensive tackle prospect at the camp.
Hudson displayed outstanding quickness off the ball and excellent footwork at the camp. Obviously D-I schools like athletic big men such as Hudson.
The Crenshaw Cougar backed up his NIKE Camp performance with a strong showing at UCLA's camp on June 9th.
Many in attendance were wondering who this standout was and now the secret is out because schools such as UCLA, Cal, Washington, Arizona and Arizona State are showing interest in Hudson.
At this point Cal and UCLA are showing Hudson the most current recruiting love, but things could change dramatically now that his eligibility status has more clarity.
What is Hudson looking for in a college?
"I'm looking for a school with a good college atmosphere," Hudson said. "Also I want to attend a school that has a good academic structure.
"My dream is to one day play in the league so I want to be coached by someone who can help me to get the most out of my ability so I can obtain the skill level," Hudson said. "But just in case football doesn't work out, I want to go to a school that will help get my degree."