The Hokies continue to plug away in their 2014 recruiting efforts, landing their third commitment in less than a month (since September 10th) in Akron, Ohio's St. Vincent-St. Mary High School shooting guard Jalen Hudson.
Hudson, a rangy wing player, has been rated by all four major recruiting services as a 3-star player. 247Sports ranks Hudson as the No. 161 player in the nation for 2014, as well as the No. 41 shooting guard and the No. 4 player in the state of Ohio. ESPN ranks him as the No. 40 player at his position and the No. 7 player in Ohio. Rivals and Scout do not rank him nationally, at his position or in his state.
Hudson's commitment is somewhat of a surprise, as he was listed as a 100% Arkansas pick on 247's Crystal Ball feature. That of course came after his visit to Arkansas on August 30, and before his trip to Virginia Tech on September 20-21 that left him feeling giddy about the Hokies, even in a rain-soaked day in which the Hokies football team looked anything but spectacular.
Hudson held at least seven offers, including Akron, Arkansas, Rhode Island, Virginia, VCU, Western Kentucky and Virginia Tech, but may have held as many as 16 offers according to 247Sports, which adds Cornell, Dayton, George Mason, Kent State, Massachusetts, Richmond, Robert Morris, Toledo, and University of Charleston to the mix. Other sites, have additional offers, such as College of Charleston (Scout and Rivals), Miami, OH and Ohio (Rivals).
Hudson grew up in Virginia spent his first two years of high school in Richmond, Va. at Benedictine School before transferring to St. Vincent-St. Mary's. That is the same St. Vincent-St. Mary's as one Lebron James attended.
We will have more on Hudson, including a review of his video highlights, soon. For all things Virginia Tech basketball, including the most comprehensive free guide to Tech recruiting out there, Gobbler Country is the place to be.