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May 26, 2013Follow @McNamaraRivals
After playing well in front of Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, junior Austin Hudson is now on the Badgers' radar.
The 6-foot-2, 188-pound athlete from Plant High School in Florida spoke with Aranda on Friday about where he fits in UW's recruiting scheme.
"I literally just talked to their (Wisconsin) defensive coordinator for the first time today (Friday) and they are requesting my transcripts," Hudson told BadgerBlitz.com. "They watched me play for the first time last Friday.
"Coach Aranda mentioned watching me play at safety and how I made a nice jump on the ball for an interception. He said that he'd want to take a look at my transcripts but he thinks of me as a full-scholarship player."
Hudson, who projects at both wide receiver and safety, has one early offer with strong interest coming from a number of schools.
"Jacksonville State has offered and I think Wisconsin and Yale might soon," Hudson said. "My other interest is coming from Pittsburgh, Purdue, Illinois, Cincinnati, Air Force, Louisville, Duke and a bunch more.
"As far as a position in college, I would say it's a healthy mix of both (wide receiver and safety). One's not really dominant over the other."
Hudson is also hearing quite a bit from from Ivy League with a high school class schedule loaded with advanced placement courses.
"School is going really well," Hudson said. "I just finished taking four AP exams and I've always taken school seriously. Academics are paramount in my life and college choices.
"Wisconsin is a school I'm definitely interested in. Anywhere that I can get a good education and play college football is a viable option right now and the fact that a school of that caliber is interested in me is a very humbling experience."
Plant, a powerhouse in Florida, is loaded with Division 1 talent in the 2014 class. The group plans on visiting schools together this summer.
"Our coach and some of my teammates usually go on college trips together in the summer," Hudson. "It usually depends on how many guys a specific program is interested in but I plan on attending various camps with my teammates."