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4-star DE James Hudson decommits from Kentucky

And now for some unfortunate football news. Four-star strongside defensive end James Hudson just announced he is decommitting from Kentucky. The 6’5″ 280 lbs. Toldeo native committed to Kentucky back last July, but has picked up some huge offers in recent weeks, including one from Alabama on May 5. He also visited Ohio State last week and will visit Michigan this weekend.

In a statement on Twitter, Hudson says he will keep Kentucky high on his list, but he wants to “enjoy the recruiting process”:

You may remember Hudson as the recruit that prompted Vince Marrow to take a jab at Derrick Ansley on Twitter a few weeks back. Ansley, formerly the UK defensive backs coach, is now at Alabama and was the one to offer Hudson a scholarship, leading Marrow to tweet, “It’s funny some coaches don’t like recruiting Ohio now they are somewhere else and they are all up in it. Let’s battle go Big Blue.”

Here’s hoping Hudson remembers who showed interest first.

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20 Comments for 4-star DE James Hudson decommits from Kentucky

  1. Cousins Fake Tooth
    3:48 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

    Rumor has it that Matthew Mitchell is now on the UK football staff.

  2. KyDoughBoy
    3:50 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

    Mac Jones the QB is next.. you cannot blame these kids either. Go anywhere else down south and become a ferrari or come to KY and be a toyota……

    • Mc12
      4:44 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

      So you’ll admit UK is the ferrari in basketball right?

  3. DelrayCat
    3:52 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

    Unfortunate, but understandable. Kids want to play for a winner. Until this staff proves it can actually win football games, and not just at yahtzee, then this will be more common than not.

    • NostraDanis
      5:38 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

      I like how you are able to directly and exactly contradict yourself in so few words.

      After stating that this staff wins at yahtzee (when compared to winning), you say that de-commitments will be more common than not. You have simultaneously said that the staff is successful at recruiting and should expect to continue to see recruiting losses. Nice.

      Recruiting better athletes results in more of these types of battles in football. It happens at every program, especially if your staff is successfully identifying talent early like Marrow and Co. have been able to do.

  4. wildcat502
    3:57 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

    Kids want to play early, but they also want to win and play on TV for recognition. We will recruit well, but getting “prime” players wont happen until we win and go bowling.
    I`m hoping for 8 wins this coming season, then lets see how we can recruit. I see us beating:
    Southern Miss
    New Mexico State
    South Carolina at home
    Vandy and Mississippi State at home
    At Missouri
    Austin Peay
    Louisville away. We were close the past 2 years, we just stopped running the ball, this season will be different.

    • Mathlete
      4:11 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

      Our total inability to stop Louisville’s option offense (due to an unbelievable lack of preparation) cost us the game last year, and 2 years ago we were close but weren’t nearly as deep as we are now. I’m feeling good about this game as of today contingent upon our preparation. There’s absolutely no excuse to not be prepared to take on an option QB since he’s the guaranteed starter

    • Sentient Third Eye
      4:31 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

      Mathlete, I think the Louisville loss was one of about four games that we lost last year because of off-the-field issues. There were talented kids last year who obviously were not engaged for whatever reason, especially down the stretch.

    • BluKudzu
      5:20 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

      I will be ecstatic with 6 winsmaybe with luck we may see 4. I do hope for the best, and I hope we win as you have stated. Last year was not a season that gave me a lot to look forward to this year. We can sugarcoat it all we want, we still are nowhere near where we need to be on defense to have a chance against the SEC teams that beat us last year, or Louisville.
      This is a pivotal year, with an unproven QB, serious issues on the line, both sides of the ball, with the LB position looking pretty weak in depth. I do hope you are right.

  5. macsauce13
    4:00 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

    Sucks. Have to agree with the comments here, though. I believe Stoops and his crew are clearly capable of recruiting high-end talent. But to keep it you have to win. This season is huge. Tough schedule be damned. They HAVE to win some games.

  6. Catlogic15
    4:12 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

    Even if we have a couple 7-5 years, even 8-4, we’ll never get guys like this to pass on Ohio St and Alabama. It’s like no real basketball talent passes on us to go to Louisville.

    • cats paw
      6:53 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

      IF Stoops were to ever get 7 or 8 wins…..he would be on the first plane out of lexington to another program! you know, that reason we supposedly didnt want to hire Petrino! but Petrino delivered in a couple years and there hasnt been the first rumor of him leaving. meanwhile we have a 3.5 million dollar defensive minded coach that has lifted us to the worst defensive team in the SEC

    • theWilkman
      10:42 am May 19, 2016 Permalink

      There’s cats paw again, crying about Stoops’ salary. You, sir, are nothing if not consistent.

  7. nybrasky
    4:13 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

    Hudson is exactly the kind of guy the UK staff needs to be able to hold on to in order to get to where they, and we, want the football team to be. Here’s hoping Marrow and Stoops can win this battle.

  8. jr1122
    4:16 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

    Heres a question…why would you play at Kentucky when youre getting offers from Alabama, Ohio State, and Michigan? Think about it. Football is, has, and always will come 2nd to basketball. Its the truth. Do what you need to do to play on Sundays, young man.

    • Wise Dan
      5:04 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

      Do what you need to do to play on Sundays? Give me a break! Go talk to Z and Bud. These prima donnas need to get their ego fed and it’s a joke. Let’s move on and find a kid who knows the true meaning of the word commitment.

    • Larry Pratt
      5:30 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

      Honestly, I agree. In football, it doesn’t matter where you play. They will draft you.

  9. ClutchCargo
    4:33 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

    Disappointing, but I can’t be mad at anyone involved here. Alabama, Ohio St. and Michigan are to college football what UK, Duke and Kansas are to college basketball. Winning games is the only thing that will fix this problem.

  10. secrick
    4:55 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

    Lets start telling these guys they can also play on the girls basketball team if they come to Ky. Ha it’s possible with the way things are going now days.

    • Larry Pratt
      5:49 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

      It’s the sport they identify with!