Ex-Mizzou commit Hudson picks USF



On the same night Coach Willie Taggart lost one SEC prospect, he snagged another.

Sickles OT Zach Hudson, who committed to Missouri last summer, confirmed this evening he has changed his mind and now plans to attend USF. Commitments are non-binding until national signing day Feb. 5.

His announcement via Twitter came less than two hours after Jefferson ATH Deiondre Porter -- a onetime USF commitment -- announced on local TV he instead plans to attend Florida.

"He wanted to be home, plain and simple," said Hudson's father, Rob.

"As much as he really loved Missouri and the other schools he had a lot of interest in...he wanted to be home and I think the (Bulls) coaching staff did a great job of really laying down logically what they're trying to accomplish."

A Class 7A first-team all-state pick and three-star prospect according to Scout.com, Hudson (6-foot-5, 295 pounds) visited USF over the weekend and canceled an upcoming trip to North Carolina State. USF was his only official visit.

The grandson of Billy Turner, winningest prep coach in Hillsborough County history, Hudson has served as primary blocker the last two seasons for Ray Ray McCloud, who has run for 3,635 yards and nearly 40 TDs in that span.

A National Honor Society member, Hudson is believed to be USF's 24th verbal pledge from the Class of 2014, and second offensive tackle. Taggart said last month he could sign up to 31 players, six that can count retroactively to the prior year's total.

[Last modified: Monday, January 20, 2014 8:19pm]

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