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Former UK Recruit Denied Transfer Waiver

Mike Mulholland | MLive

A one-time UK recruit sought to play college football closer to home. The NCAA denied his chance to play right away.

James Hudson was a four-star recruit and a top ten defensive tackle in the 2017 class when he committed to Michigan over Kentucky and Alabama. After spending just over one season in Ann Arbor, the Toledo native announced his intent to transfer closer to home to play for Cincinnati. Hudson applied for a waiver to be eligible immediately, citing mental health issues he suffered at Michigan.

“The NCAA has denied my waiver specifically because I never spoke up about my mental struggles to the administration at the University of Michigan,” Hudson said. “Like many football players I was afraid to speak up about my depression not wanting to look weak. Now the NCAA is telling me that my courage to step forward and speak about my issues was done too late and subjectively my ‘Circumstances do not warrant relief.'”

Today Hudson revealed his request to play right away had been denied.

“Thank you everybody for your support,” Hudson wrote on Twitter. “Unfortunately, things did not work out but this is not the end. Yes, it is unfair and not right but everything happens for a reason. Until next year.”

The decision comes as Kentucky waits to hear the results for a transfer waiver for another high-profile former four-star defensive lineman, Xavier Peters. The circumstances are different, but each appear to carry more weight than the “hardships” Justin Fields and Tate Martell had to overcome.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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13 Comments for Former UK Recruit Denied Transfer Waiver



  1. maximumscott
    9:36 pm July 27, 2019 Permalink

    Its kind of obvious when a high profil recruit goes to another high profile school like OSU AND THEY HAVE A QB VACANCY… Justin Fields shouldnt have been cleared.



    • bbn606
      11:18 pm July 27, 2019 Permalink

      But Fields was offended and has his feelings hurt.



    • ThankfulCat
      7:11 pm July 28, 2019 Permalink

      Fields was cursed at by a drunk guy from the baseball team. He also happens to be and still is a close friend. Put my @@?!&@ in!! Fields Dad seized the opportunity because he was never beating out Fromm



  2. nocode96
    9:43 pm July 27, 2019 Permalink

    It’s a shame this macho shlt guys try and keep pulling. Suicide is one of, if not the number one killer of men under 50. No one should ever feel weak for their mental struggles.



  3. terwilliger
    9:53 pm July 27, 2019 Permalink

    Toledo is less than an hour from Ann Arbor. It’s 3 hours from Cincinnati. His reason for transfer doesn’t make sense.



    • UKCatAttack
      10:16 pm July 27, 2019 Permalink

      Good point!



    • T-wah
      10:56 pm July 27, 2019 Permalink

      I was thinking the same thing!



    • KayutsBy90
      11:51 pm July 27, 2019 Permalink

      Just because he is from toledo doesn’t mean his family still lives there.



    • ChanceyPantz
      2:12 am July 28, 2019 Permalink

      He didn’t say he was transferring to be closer to home, that’s just something Nick Roush said.



  4. Blue Jesus
    8:37 am July 28, 2019 Permalink

    Yes, it seems Nick (incorrectly) inferred a motive on his transfer, or at the very least didn’t give enough info. What did Mr. Hudson cite as his reason for leaving?



  5. Larkin123
    10:10 am July 28, 2019 Permalink

    This is to soften you up for UK hardships not playing…



    • notFromhere
      11:34 am July 28, 2019 Permalink

      Was thinking the same thing. Corrupt NCAA. Unless we’re paying the NCAA what O$U pays them (and while emmert has influence), we’re not on the good list



  6. LongTimeReader
    2:49 pm July 28, 2019 Permalink

    Should have used a different reason. Cincinnati isn’t closer to Toledo than Ann Harbor.