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Football recruiting: Penn State offers UK commitment; Lafayette’s Wills rockets up rankings

James Hudson (51) is considered one of the best defensive ends in high school football, and he committed to Kentucky last July.
James Hudson (51) is considered one of the best defensive ends in high school football, and he committed to Kentucky last July.

Major-conference football programs have been coming after Ohio defensive end James Hudson hard despite his commitment to the University of Kentucky in July, and his most recent scholarship offer is one of the biggest yet.

Penn State reached out to Hudson with an offer on Wednesday, becoming the 11th school to do so. Hudson received scholarship offers from Bowling Green on Tuesday and Pittsburgh, Indiana and California earlier this month. Iowa State and Purdue offered in January.

Hudson — a 6-foot-5, 275-pound prospect from Toledo — is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 7 strongside defensive end and No. 198 overall prospect in the class of 2017. He committed to UK on July 29 along with high school teammate Michael Warren, a highly touted running back in the 2017 class.

Ohio State and Michigan State are among the other programs expected to keep an eye on Hudson, who Rivals ranks as UK’s top commitment so far for the class of 2017.

New 247Sports rankings

Lafayette offensive lineman Jedrick Wills made a big jump in the updated class of 2017 rankings from 247Sports released Wednesday.

Willis is now considered the No. 36 overall prospect in the class, moving up 79 spots from the previous update. The top 32 players in the final 247Sports rankings are considered five-star recruits.

Two of UK’s commitments for next year — defensive end James Hudson and running back Michael Warren — made the new 247Sports rankings. Warren is ranked as the No. 168 overall prospect, and Hudson is ranked No. 212.

Wills — regarded as UK’s top recruiting target in 2017 — is the only Kentuckian in the new rankings.

Ben Roberts: 859-231-3216, @NextCats

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