June 1, 2012

DE, Malcolm Hudson ready to compete

With roughly two months until Malcolm Hudson enters the baptism of being at West Point albeit via the USMAPS and kicking of his Army football career.

However, the Brooksville (Fl.) Hernando High School defensive end product refuses to think in those terms, no matter how tough the experience is supposed to be on paper ... he knows he is where he was destined to be.

"I'm very excited," alludes the 5-foot-11, 235 pounder who is built very much in the same manner as the Black Knights' all-time leader in sacks, Josh McNary.

Both Miami and USF said that if I wanted to walk-on I could have. But I always envisioned myself going D-1 and my mom always told me the right decision would be when it feels right and I won't have to pay for anything. It will come easy and it's God-sent. That's what Army's offer was, because to get an offer that late ... honestly it's rare.

I'm very honored, very excited and very proud of him," acknowledges Hudson's mother, Georgia Hudson. "I think it's a great opportunity and West Point is a great place for him to have a successful future."

During his recruiting courtship, it was the combination of two of Army's top recruiters that help lure the hard hitting defensive prospect to the banks of the Hudson River. "Coach Tucker Waugh was the first to connect with me, and then it was Coach Clarence Holmes," says Hudson of Army's tag team approach of getting him onboard and who recently made it official by having a signing ceremony last week. This of course was due to his commitment later in the process (April).

"I know it's not going to be easy, because it's academics, military along with football, but nothing in life worthwhile is easy," shares Hudson relative to his transition into one of the prestigious and challenging colleges in the country. "I do expect it to be a big adjustment. One of my high school teammates, Derek Wilson went there (USMAPS) last year and having him there I feel like it will be an easier adjustment. We have texted and talked about his experience a little bit.

Hudson is projected as a defense end and perhaps linebacker, so over the next year it will be interesting to see where the staff lines up the Florida native during his prep year. But for Hudson, it really doesn't matter as long as he is able to lay the wood on anyone holding the pigskin.

"I like coming off the edge," says Hudson, who prides himself on being a competitor. "I like to just to play aggressive, go for the ball and I like to flow backside a lot because that's where business is. I like to go hard every play ... I don't like to slack at all."

In addition to football, Hudson plays baseball and basketball, along with running track for the first time during his high school tenure. He's a first baseman on the diamond and runs the 4x100 relay, where he made it to this year's regionals, with a PR of 43.00.

Come July 22nd, West Point, New York will officially become Hudson's second home, a move he is anxiously awaiting.

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