Kevin Sumlin and the Texas A&M football coaches landed their first commitment for the 2016 recruiting class and it was a big one, both literally and figuratively. In Patrick Hudson, the Aggies have landed the physical reincarnation of Michael Oher.
Hudson gave a verbal pledge to Sumlin and the Aggies during the Friday Night Lights recruiting event on March 28. He is a 6'6", 320-pound offensive tackle from Silsbee, Texas.
Hudson is the most physically impressive offensive lineman in the state of Texas and is only a sophomore. Players with his frame and athleticism do not come around very often.
Oher gained national fame after being chronicled in Michael Lewis' book The Blind Side and the subsequent movie with the same title. He was adopted by a wealthy family and developed into a star on the football field. Oher was a blue-chip offensive tackle recruit who went on to star at Ole Miss and became a first-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens.
Like Oher, Hudson is a physical freak of nature. Athletes of that size who can move around that effortlessly are rare even in the NFL. Hudson is the type of athlete who can project into an NFL offensive lineman at 16 years of age.
Recruiting is not a science, but Hudson has the type of athleticism where something would have to go terribly wrong for him to not end up in the NFL. There are no recruiting rankings out yet for 2016, but Hudson will likely rank as the top offensive tackle in Texas and the nation.
In Hudson, the Aggies have their future right or left tackle. If needed, he could even move inside to guard. With limited experience in pass protection right now, he looks like a future right tackle.
Hudson is a road-grader in the running game. When Oher was in high school he once blocked a player off of the field and into a fence that surrounded the field. This incident was featured prominently in the Disney movie about Oher.
A lot of the highlights from Hudson's sophomore season resemble that movie scene. He was quite simply the most dominant run-blocker in the state of Texas as a sophomore in high school.
In addition to his prowess on the football field, Hudson is an accomplished power lifter. He finished third in his division at the state meet in 2014 with a three-lift total of 1,690 pounds. His best lifts for the year were 640 pounds in the squat, 425 pounds in the bench press and a dead lift of 625 pounds. Those are exceptional numbers for a sophomore in high school.
Sumlin started off the Aggies' 2016 class with a bang. They added possibly the top-ranked recruit in the class and a future NFL player in Hudson. He should be an anchor for the Aggies' offensive line for years to come.