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Four-star defensive end still listing UK despite decommitment

James Hudson (51) is ranked as one of the top defensive ends nationally in the high school recruiting class of 2017.
James Hudson (51) is ranked as one of the top defensive ends nationally in the high school recruiting class of 2017.

Four-star defensive end James Hudson backed off of his longtime commitment to Kentucky in May, but he’s still considering the Wildcats.

Hudson — a 6-foot-5, 270-pound prospect from Toledo, Ohio — announced Sunday that he has narrowed his focus to 10 schools. UK is on that list, along with Alabama, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Tennessee.

All of the schools on Hudson’s list have extended scholarship offers.

Rivals.com ranks Hudson as the No. 8 strongside defensive end and No. 229 overall prospect in the class of 2017. He and high school teammate Michael Warren — a four-star running back in the class of 2017 — committed to UK on the same day last July before backing out of those commitments a few weeks ago.

Warren announced last week that he is also still considering Kentucky, along with Louisville, Boston College, Iowa State, Rutgers and Toledo.

Hudson has visited Michigan twice since his decommitment from UK, and the Wolverines are the leader on his 247Sports Crystal Ball page.

Kentucky received a commitment from highly touted junior-college defensive lineman Phil Hoskins shortly after Hudson’s decommitment, but the Wildcats would certainly still welcome Hudson back into their 2017 class, which has also suffered decommitments from quarterback Mac Jones and legacy athlete Russ Yeast in recent weeks.

UK’s 10-man class is now ranked No. 37 nationally and 11th in the Southeastern Conference by Rivals.com.

Ben Roberts: 859-231-3216, @NextCats

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