Looks like we're in an East Bay type of mood this time of year. Tight end Ray Hudson becomes our second EBAL commitment in as many weeks, joining kicker Matt Anderson as part of the 2013 class. After John Mundt decided on Oregon, it was a matter of time before Cal tried to lock in on the best local tight end prospect. Hudson was offered earlier this month (a particular dream of his), and he's on his way to his original dream school.
Hudson has only two offers up to this point from Cal and San Diego State, but at 6'4", 230 he possesses a lot of upside and was perhaps our surest best this season in terms of landing a quality tight end. He is ranked three stars by Rivals but remains unranked by other services, although that figures to change now that he's committed to the Bears.
After last year's bagel at the position (and Tedford's commitment to running more two tight end sets), it's good to finally get one.
Welcome to Cal Ray. GO BEARS!
Some highlight reels after the jump, plus ManBearCal's original writeup on Hudson.
Ray Hudson Offense and Blocking.mp4 (via MsRaymondHudson)
Ray Hudson Cal Full-Contact Highlights.mov (via RGBearTerritory)
Here's the writeup from the tight end previews of Hudson.
Hudson's versatility is definitely a big plus to me. He was an all-EBAL performer last season for Foothill as a WR, but at 6'4/225, he projects as a TE at the next level. He also plays outside linebacker. As a tight end, he's fast enough to create matchup problems for most linebackers or be split out wide and outmuscle/outleap most defensive backs. Obviously he'll need to add a little weight in order to be more effective lined up off tackle, but he has a frame capable of doing so with ease, and without sacrificing too much speed or athleticism. Cal has been by Foothill to check him out and will likely continue to evaluate him. Currently Vanderbilt and Colorado are recruiting Hudson the hardest, though he has yet to secure any offers. I think we would leap into the lead for his services if we were to offer.