SILSBEE, Tex. – For top prospects, the offseason is not filled with a whole lot of time away from football. From recruiting visits to camps to training for an upcoming season, it can often be just as hectic as the regular season.
“It was crazy,” Patrick Hudson told Today’s U. “It’s still crazy and I just set my boundaries and my goals.”
Hudson, a five-star offensive tackle, has experienced this in full, which is why he has concentrated on improving his skills before his senior season at Silsbee High.
“Really I’ve just been working on my technique lately,” said Hudson. “We just had our first scrimmage today and we did good. The score was 28-7 and in the offseason, that’s what we’ve been getting ready for. We want to dominate on the field I guess you could say.”
Domination is a word synonymous with Hudson’s play on the field last year thanks to his strength and leg drive, and he hopes to cement his high school career with another dominant performance.
“I would like to be more of a pass blocker,” said Hudson. “But I’m kind of better at run blocking instead. The very first play is a running play, so that’s what got me started in this whole recruiting deal.”
Standing at 6’5.5” and 325-pounds, Hudson is ranked as the No. 2 offensive tackle in the country and has been committed to Baylor since last summer. Before that, however, Hudson committed to Texas A&M, a pledge that he quickly rescinded in favor of the Bears.
According to Hudson, he felt a strong indication that Baylor was the right place, which predicated his commitment.
“I don’t know, it was just that feeling, you know?” said Hudson. “It was just a good feeling. I can’t explain it, but it led me to Baylor.”
Hudson has visited Baylor’s campus on numerous occasions and thanks to several familiar faces at the university, it has felt like home for him since the beginning. Plus, Baylor is home to a newly renovated nutrition center, one that made an impact on the top-ranked tackle.
“It was really nice,” said Hudson. “I kept hanging out with some of my close friends and we went around and it was nice. The part I liked most was the nutrition center. It was nice and they just finished it. That’s the part I’m looking most forward to. That’s what I like, but the campus was nice. We went to an indoor workout facility, just walked around and that was it.”
With several visits under his belt, Hudson says that he is closest to Baylor rush game coordinator and offensive line coach Randy Clements.
Despite his strong connection to the Baylor staff, Hudson still plans on taking several official visits to other schools, although nothing is set in stone yet.
“I will [take officials], but I don’t know where yet,” said Hudson. “I’ve just been thinking about it but I haven’t set anything officially yet.”
Hudson has not set specific goals for this upcoming season other than to have a “good season and to go off”.
Baylor’s 2016 recruiting class has 13 commits right now with Hudson leading the way as a five-star recruit. Baylor’s class ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 23 in the country.