Just a few days after Port Arthur RB put Baylor's 2016 class back onto the map of national prominence with his surprise commitment, 5* Silsbee OL Patrick Hudson took things a step further, flipping from Texas A&M at Baylor's last camp of 2014. The flip had been rumored to be in the offing for a while now, but due to Hudson's relatively reclusive nature (at least compared to other recruits), nobody really knew where he stood in terms of his commitment. We know now. Though we're roughly 18 months from National Signing Day for the 2016 class, Hudson gave Baylor his verbal commitment today. The Bears are now the proud owners of the #2 class so far for 2016 with four commitments, all of whom are ranked 4* or better by 247Composite.
Baylor Scout's Kevin Barrera broke the news:
Baylor gets flip from 2016 OL Patrick Hudson. HUGE COMMIT for Baylor!!— Kevin Barrera (@KBScoutBaylor) July 18, 2014
Then Briles confirmed:
#409 again! #DreamBigDreamBaylor2016— Coach Art Briles (@CoachArtBriles) July 18, 2014
Name: Patrick Hudson
School: Silsbee HS (Silsbee, TX)
Weight: 325 lbs
Rankings: Composite: 98.94 (5*, #2 OT), 247: 98 (5*, #3 OT)
Profiles: 247Sports, Rivals, Scout, ESPN
Offers: Baylor, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M
Video: HUDL,Baylor 247 Instagram
With Hudson in the fold, Baylor now has its QB, RB, LT, and CB in the 2016 class. If you asked me what I'd want from my first four commits, that's probably about it. Hudson is in almost every way the prototypical LT. He has a huge frame with long arms but is also extremely quick. He'll be a project in terms of technique, as you might expect from a player entering his junior year in HS this coming season, but the payoff will be immense.
I'll post more as more information becomes available. Take a look at his HUDL film, as well as that from the Baylor 247 site's Instagram, linked above, and tell me what you think. Otherwise, welcome to Baylor, Patrick!