AUSTIN — Maybe it was meant to be.
It almost happened before National Signing Day back in February. Senior 5-star offensive lineman Patrick Hudson considered flipping from Baylor to Texas a week before NSD. Last month, after the problems in Waco boiled to the surface, he requested his release.
Well, today Hudson decided to attend Texas. The 6-foot-5, 325-pound mauler chose UT over OU, A&M, Baylor, and others. Hudson is the 4th Baylor pledge to flip, joining WR Devin Duvernay inking with Texas on Wednesday, JP Urquidez and Donovan Duvernay on Saturday.
Here’s more on the gentle giant who excels in the run-block and pass-block game.
Excerpt/evaluations from the Recruiting Notebook:
Patrick Hudson, OT, Silsbee (2016) (BAYLOR)
How he fits at Texas: Hudson is a blank canvass for an OL coach to paint his dreams on. He’s absurdly quick on his feet for a young man of 6-foot-5, 330 pounds and his greatest strength is playing with good knee bend and a flat back, which will allow him to still be a juggernaut when he’s drive-blocking Big 12 DL rather than high schoolers. He might have the feet to be a future NFL LT, especially after college S&C, but wherever he ends up he’d be the focal point of Texas’ run game. – IB
Coach says: I love guys like Big Pat for a couple reasons. First, I love me some country strong big bodies because you just can’t teach that natural strength they are blessed with. Secondly, he has a such a high ceiling because of his rawness as a prospect and if placed with the right coach there is no telling how good he will be. I will say that I’m not sure Hudson is destined to be a left tackle at the next level, but I definitely can see him as a right tackle and even cross training over at guard. He’s an absolutely mauler as a run blocker, but is a little rough around he edges technique wise as a pass blocker. He bends well, he has great feet, and you don’t see him off balance a lot on tape, so he checks all of those boxes for me. Last thing, while Hudson is a guy who is capable of burying you, he doesn’t seem to possess that nasty streak that you love to see in lineman. Plain and simple, that is something you simply have or you don’t.
How this affects Texas: UT inked the top OL class in the Big 12 and one of the best in the nation with Hudson’s pledge. His highlights are Hudl porn. His run-blocking is devastating, and he holds a frame of massive size. He’ll likely redshirt in his first year on the 40 Acres. – JW
Hudson is the 28th commit in the Class of 2016. He joins Donovan Duvernay (Garland Sachse), JP Urquidez (Copperas Cove), Devin Duvernay (Garland Sachse), Jordan Elliott (Houston Westside), Jeffrey McCulloch (Aldine Davis), Erick Fowler (Manor), Chris Brown (Alief Elsik), Brandon Jones (Nacogdoches), D’Andre Christmas-Giles (St Augustine), Marcel Southall (Duncanville), Chris Daniels (Trinity), Kyle Porter (Katy), Lil Jordan Humphrey (Southlake Carroll), Eric Cuffee (Waco High), Zach Shackelford (Belton), Jean Delance (North Mesquite), Davion Curtis (Temple), Denzel Okafor (Lewisville), Andrew Fitzgerald (Flower Mound Marcus), Malcolm Roach (Baton Rouge, LA), Peyton Aucoin (Bother Martin, New Orleans), Collin Johnson (WR – Valley Christian (CA), Reggie Hemphill (WR – Manvel), Shane Buechele (QB – Arlington Lamar), Tope Imade (OL – Arlington Bowie), Gerald Wilbon (DL/OL – Destrehan, LA) and DeMarco Boyd (ATH – Gilmer).