As he prepares for his junior year at the high school level, Washington (DC) St. Johns 2020 defensive end Greg Hudgins has seen his recruitment pick up in recent months and picked up an offer from #5 Michigan Stateback in April.
Hudgins spoke with Spartan Nation about the recruiting process and his offer from the Spartans and said that while he’s been able to enjoy being recruited by some of the top schools in the country, he remains focused on the upcoming season.
“It’s been great so far,” he said. “Right now, I’m just really excited for the season coming up. I’ve got a lot of stuff to prove and overall as a team, we’re ready to get to work and we want to show people that we want to be No. 1 in the nation.”
Hudgins also added that he hasn’t been overwhelmed by the recruiting process to this point, but expects it to pick up now that he’s heading into his junior season and schools can start contacting him.
A 6-foot-4, 240-pound, 4-star defensive end, Hudgins currently holds offers from Indiana, Maryland, Temple, Michigan, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Michigan State.
After Michigan State defensive line coach Ron Burton attended a couple of offseason workouts at St. Johns, Hudgins said that he felt Burton came away impressed with what he showed during those sessions and eventually extended an offer to him.
“During spring workouts, colleges are allowed to come out and coach Ron Burton came out, the defensive line coach, and watched us work out and saw what I could do and really liked my size and my length,” he said. “A couple of weeks went by and he came back to the school and he watched us work out again and he ended up offering me.”
Hudgins admitted that after receiving the offer from Michigan State, it took some time to set in and said that more than anything, it allowed him to realize how lucky he is to have some of the nation’s best programs recruiting him.
“To be completely honest, when it first happened, I was like sort of in shock a little bit,” he said. “But then I sleep on it, let time go by a little bit - maybe a couple of days and I think and reflect and realize that I’m really blessed with the opportunity to play for a bunch of programs throughout the country. It just shows me how blessed I am overall because a lot of kids don’t get that opportunity.”
Because it’s still early in his recruitment, Hudgins said that he’s seriously considering any and all schools, but did note that he appreciates the fact that the Spartans were one of the first programs to extend an offer to him.
“Every school has a shot for me right now,” he said. “Michigan State being one of the earlier schools to offer me, that really means a lot to me, so they’re definitely contenders.”
But with two years of high school football remaining for Hudgins, the 4-star standout said he’s staying focused on trying to improve his game and has spent the offseason working on improving on his explosion.
“Right now, it’s just the little things,” he said. “Getting on bags, coming out with your hips, you have your 3-point stance, your 4-point stance, your 6-point stance and just coming out and exploding out with your hips and bringing your hands off the ground first. Jumping rope, a lot of people overlook that and that’s also a big thing.”
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