COCOA, Fl. – On Sunday afternoon, Ohio State received a big blow to its 2017 recruiting class when 4-star athlete Bruce Judson announced his decommitment from the Buckeyes.
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Judson, who stands at 5’9” and 186-pounds, was one of the Buckeyes’ most explosive recruits and seemed like a good fit for an offense that prides itself on dynamic athletes. Today’s U caught up with the versatile playmaker to flesh out the reason for his sudden decommitment from Ohio State
“I really just wanted my mom to be involved in my recruitment,” Judson told Today’s U. “Coach [Tony] Alford at Ohio State sent some mail to me and some people don’t open it, but this particular mail I had opened. It said how Noah Brown’s mom, basically how he loves Ohio State and coach took care of her son and they really cared for him. That’s what I really want.”
Noah Brown is a sophomore wide receiver for Ohio State who suffered a season-ending leg injury during practice for the Buckeyes in August. Judson continued to talk about how this letter from Brown’s mother impacted his decision.
“Since she said that, maybe my mom should feel like that, so she can know to trust the Ohio State coaching staff and everybody,” Judson said. “That’s what I really want, for my mom to make sure I’m in good hands with coach Alford or coach Meyer and the whole Ohio State coaching staff. I know it’s my decision at the end of the day, but I want to make sure I’m in good hands all the way in Ohio when she’s back in Florida.”
Judson says that neither his mother or father have visited Columbus yet and that he took his unofficial visit solo. That will be a topic of conversation for Judson when he speaks with coach Alford on the phone in the near future.
“Whenever I talk to coach Alford sometime this week,” Judson said. “Me, my dad and my mom will sit down and talk about it. We will go from there.”
Judson, who is ranked as the No. 16 athlete in the nation by 247Sports.com, says that since reopening his recruitment, colleges have continued to pursue his talents with vigor.
“I got offered by Alabama last night within three hours,” Judson said. “TCU just DM’d me. Penn State has been talking to me. Notre Dame has been talking to me. South Carolina talks to me. Oregon has been talking to me for months now. It’s heating up a lot. You can see that it’s heating up a lot. LSU has been after me. That’s like number one. They send me like 50 hand-written letters and I have coach (Les) Miles’ number. That’s big right there. They show a lot of love and so does Kentucky. I hear from them almost everyday.”
With his new offer in hand from the Crimson Tide, Judson spoke about his reaction to receiving such a notable offer from one of the country’s top programs.
“It was big,” Judson said. “I have been dreaming about that offer since I was young. That’s a big time offer. Once you get that offer, then you get offers from all over the country. A lot of people say you’re big time now, but I don’t let that get to my head. It’s part of the process. I’m glad I can go to Tuscaloosa and take a look at everything.”
So far, Judson has taken a visit to Auburn and plans to check out Alabama when the Tide host LSU on November 7. After that, Judson also plans to take an unofficial visit to LSU before the season is over.
“I’m just going with the flow,” Judson said. “Whatever decisions me and my parents make. We are going to go up there and meet with the coaches and stuff like that.”
On the field, Judson says that it his job as a quarterback and a leader to stay composed at all times. This allows for Judson to take the game in stride and make the correct play when the time comes.
“I’m not really a rowdy guy,” Judson said. “We stay calm at all times. I don’t force things because I let the game come to me. I go out there and try to take over at times. You will know when I take over the game. You will see it when you see me break some long runs for 15, 20 yards per carry. But I let the game come to me by being calm, not getting rattled and leading our team since nothing bothers me.”
So far, most schools are pursuing the 4-star prospect at quarterback, although some programs see his talent as a perfect fit for other positions. Florida State in particular has an interesting take on his future position.
“Mostly quarterback,” Judson said. “Florida State wants me to be a third-string quarterback and start at another position. I’m really a slot receiver, kick returner, punt returner and some schools say they would put me in the backfield.”
Look for Judson to continue making dynamic plays on the field as his recruitment takes some dynamic turns as well.