Faculty Soccer: Hudson, now in Louisville, touted No. 5 Offensive Line Switch | Sports activities
The rankings of the college football preseason, no matter if it is about teams or players, and no matter what level, draw from a large talent pool.
In this era of unprecedented empowerment for athletes, including the option of a one-time transfer without the traditional year-long entry penalty of the past, even the list of top players moving from school to school has a who-is-who vibe.
Scott County’s product, Bryan Hudson, falls into the category of faces in new places hailed as immediate gamblers. College Insider website 247Sports.com recently ranked Hudson 33rd overall and the fifth best offensive linemen among NCAA Division I players gearing up for a new school this season.
Hudson made the move within the Atlantic Coast Conference from Virginia Tech to Louisville after a frustrating second campaign with the Hokies. He is allowed to play for the Cardinals with immediate effect and has another three years to play.
As the fifth-placed lineman, Hudson also earned a spot on the 247Sports all-transfer team along with former Kentucky high school star Wan’Dale Robinson, who is returning home to the UK after his game in Nebraska.
The other linemen considered top transfers are Hudson’s former Virginia Tech teammate Doug Nester, now in West Virginia, Cain Madden (Notre Dame from Marshall), Obinna Eze (TCU from Memphis), and Wanye Morris (Oklahoma from Tennessee) .
In choosing Hudson, 247Sports hailed his status as a four-star recruit when he graduated from SCHS in 2019 and his immediate influence at Virginia Tech that fall.
“Hudson can play anywhere within the offensive line,” wrote Chris Hummer of 247Sports in the column.
Hummer added that Hudson “projects as a large piece of Louisville’s long-term offensive line”.
Another writer for the site, Clint Brewster, described Hudson and Nester’s departure from Virginia Tech as “surprising.” In his list of the 150 best transfers, regardless of position, Brewster recalled Hudson as “a former top 100 recruit who started 10 games at the center as a freshman, despite never having played that position.”
Hudson and Nester were among a select group of just 28 true newbies who played 500+ snaps in the 2019 campaign. Virginia Tech went to the Belk Bowl in December, losing to Great Britain with a last-minute touchdown pass from Lynn Bowden Jr.
Hudson was named to a pair of prominent freshman All America teams after that season.
At both Virginia Tech and Louisville, Hudson has remained an exception in Division I by competing in two varsity sports.
After his transfer he was a thrower for the Cardinals athletics team in the spring.
The 6-foot-4,310-pound has played for Scott County Center, Guard and Tackle in college after numerous all-state honors at left tackle. Hudson was a two-way star as a senior for SC.
His late game quarterback sack saved a 28-27 win over Frederick Douglass for the county championship that year and eventually carried the cards to the Class 6A finals, where they lost to Male.