Commitment Impact: Austin Hudson

Austin Hudson (Mark Weaver)

The 10th commitment of the 2014 recruiting class, Tampa (FL) Plant Senior Austin Hudson is an under-the-radar prospect who earned his offer after an impressive performance at Wisconsin's high school summer camp. Badger Nation looks at Hudson's impact.

Committed Over: Austin Hudson picked Wisconsin on June 27 over offers from Florida Tech, Holy Cross and Jacksonville State. Air Force, Cincinnati, Duke, Illinois, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Purdue were also showing interest.

Rated: Hudson is not currently ranked by Fox Sports Next.

On Film: Watching his film, it's evident that Hudson has the athleticism needed to compete at college football's highest level. He plays offense, defense and special teams for one of the top programs in the state and seems to excel at all three when he's healthy and on the field. His 4.4 40-yard dash time is just what Wisconsin needs to increase its speed in the secondary and his 40-inch vertical jump will help create more pass deflections and turnovers for the defense, especially when you see him jump higher than most matched up against him. He's got a long, wiry body that with some added weight could make him a formidable matchup.

From talking to him, Hudson is an intelligent kid, which translates to the field. It seems he has everything Wisconsin is looking for in a player physically and mentally.

Recruiting Impact: The news of the month of June was overwhelming negative for Wisconsin in terms of its secondary, as UW lost one projected starter and one experienced junior college player that zapped its depth. Hudson was so impressive during camp that he excelled at both receiver and safety, but his athleticism and talent should make him a natural fit at the safety spot.

Florida is a state bursting at the seams with speed and talent, so continuing to yield commitments from that state, especially from one of the top high school programs in the state, is a big plus for Wisconsin.

Quotable: "I committed to Wisconsin because of the tradition, the fans, the coaches and I love the direction they are going. I was very eager about committing earlier, but I am glad I took the time and talked to my head coach and family. I realized it was the best fit for me and I am just so excited to be a Badger. I have never been happier in my life."

Final Thought: Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen first camp in Madison was a huge success, yielding three commitments in the 2014 class and one in the 2015 class (and maybe more). Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda saw Hudson in the spring, but getting a chance to see him and work with him in camp sealed the deal. Don't let Hudson's lack of scholarship offers fool you. Had he played his whole junior season, this kid probably would have multiple BCS offers, making this a strong find for UW.

Besides, Dezmen Southward was the last raw, athletic, speedy, high-potential safety Wisconsin grabbed from Florida, and that's turned out more than OK.

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