Bryan Hudson, one of Kentucky’s highest-rated recruits and one of the nation’s top offensive lineman in the class of 2019, committed to Virginia Tech on Tuesday.
Hudson, a 6-foot-4, 292-pound offensive lineman at Scott County High School, is ranked 11th among offensive guards and as the 214th overall 2019 recruit in 247Sports’ composite ranking. The service has him rated as a four-star prospect.
Hudson, who also intends to compete in track and field for the Hokies, announced his decision via a short video on Twitter; after briefly highlighting all the schools from which he’s received offers, Hudson threw a discus that landed to reveal a Virginia Tech logo.
Kentucky, Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame were among Hudson’s many suitors.
“I would say if somebody was gonna write a notebook on how to approach big-time recruiting that he and his family could probably be considered as potential authors,” Scott County Coach Jim McKee said. “They did everything really well, I thought.”
Hudson and his family took some campus and game-day visits in the fall and earlier this spring. He called McKee over the weekend to let him know he was going to make a decision soon and in the interim made calls to coaches over the country letting him know he’d decided to choose the Hokies.
“He handled all that the right way, and good for him, man,” McKee said. “He makes you feel good. Sometimes it makes you feel irritated with yourself as a coach when you sit down and have conversations with those young people that you think have that kind of potential, then they’re not where they need to be academically or athletically and you think, ‘Man, I haven’t gotten that kid where he needs to be.’ With the combination of his coaches, his parents and himself, Bryan’s put himself right where he needs to be.”
Scott County finished 11-3 last year after falling to St. Xavier in the Class 6A state semifinals. This fall will mark Scott County’s last season as the sole high school athletics program in Georgetown, as Great Crossing High School is set to open in 2019.
Hudson is the two-time defending Class 3A track and field shot put champion and is the defending champion in the discus. It was important to him to continue participating in track and field at whichever college he attended.
“Really, the only conversation impacting his recruitment that I had with him and his parents is I just said, ‘You make sure that you’ve got the line coach, the head coach and the throwers coach all in the room together and have them step you through’ (how it’ll work),” McKee said. “Because if he doesn’t do both at some point in time, that’s fine, but that needs to be his decision.”