As soon as he was offered, and probably even before that, Tampa (Fla.) Plant Safety Austin Hudson knew he wanted to play for Wisconsin.
Hudson has committed to Wisconsin.
On Thursday, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound defensive back decided that roughly 48 hours of mulling over Wisconsin's offer was enough, as Hudson gave his verbal commitment to the Badgers.
"I'm as happy as can be," Hudson told Badger247. "It was a great combination of Midwestern hospitality, great coaching staff, great academics, and a program that can do a lot of things in the future.
"I have no doubt in my mind that I want to play for the Badgers. It's just an exciting day for me. I've never been more sure about anything in my life. The fans, I thought were awesome. I walked around the campus, I thought it was great. I experienced all I could. I feel very comfortable at Wisconsin and I made the right decision."
Hudson attended Wisconsin's three-day camp earlier this week, where he came away with an offer after day two. Defensive Coordinator Dave Aranda is credited with the addition of Hudson, while Assistant Coach Bill Busch also played a role in his decision.
"I called Coach Aranda and he said he was fired up," Hudson explained. "We're just all excited. I just want to get to work."
Hudson plans to enroll early at Wisconsin in January where he'll begin at safety.
"I think I'll bring some athleticism," he said. "That'll be good for the 3-4 scheme they're putting in. I bring some smarts, but I want to have the defense completely down by the time the season comes. I want to be able to contribute early. I'll do as much as I can to be able to do that."
Hudson held offers from Florida Tech, Holy Cross, and Jacksonville State, but suffered an injury as a junior, which derailed much of his 2012 season and recruitment. Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Stanford, and Vanderbilt had been expressing interest.
Even though he anticipates other schools will come calling during his season, Hudson says that door has been closed.
"They know I'm taken," he said. "I told my head coach and he knows the drill. He knows I'm not going to be in discussion with any coaches that aren't Badgers. I want them to know I'm completely good with my commitment and I'm excited as ever to play for Wisconsin."
Hudson lists a 4.45 in the forty yard dash and a 40 inch vertical leap. He's the tenth commitment in Wisconsin's 2014 class.
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