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Florida DB Picks Syracuse

Monday, December 16, 2013 10:26am
By: Brian Geisinger

One week after travelling up from Florida to visit the Syracuse campus, Cordell Hudson made his commitment to Scott Shafer and the Orange official.

Yesterday, the 5-11, 160-pound cornerback announced his pledge publicly. Hudson, who plays his prep ball for Largo (Fla.) High, becomes the 14th commit in Syracuse's 2014 recruiting class. He's the third defensive back in the class, too, joining Rodney Williams and Lamar Dawson.

247Sports.com has Hudson rated as a three-star recruit, and as the No. 218 player in the state of Florida.

His recruitment to the school was led by Syracuse quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator Tim Lester, who really hit it off with Hudson. "I have been talking with Coach Lester. He is a very funny dude. He is down to earth and he isn't one of those coaches that will talk your ear off he takes the time to break things down and answer questions, he is very down to earth."

According to Hudson, though. He told CuseConfidential.com that it was Shafer's involvement in the process which gave the Orange an advantage: "Coach Shafer is a great man. One of the reasons why I committed was the person he is. I want to play for a coach like him."

Hudson chose the Orange over a dozen other schools, including Wake Forest, Iowa State, Rutgers (the chief competitor for Hudson, apparently), Boston College and Ball State.

While in New York last weekend, Hudson almost mad the call and committed to Syracuse. However, his mother wanted him to take his last scheduled official visit, which occured this weekend at Rutgers, before finalizing the process. Once that was out of the way, the decision for Hudson was easy - and he took to Twitter to make his decision public.

Shortly after announcing his decision on the social media platform, several other members of Syracuse's 2014 class congratulated their soon-to-be-new teammate.

Hudson will need to get stronger before receives serious playing time, but what won't be an issue is the work he does in the classroom. "A stellar student-athlete, Hudson is taking dual-enrollment courses at St. Petersburg College and will graduate with his associate in arts degree. He has a 4.5 weighted grade-point average."

For highlights of Hudson in action, check here.