It's sufficient to say Bryan Hudson left impressed from his Virginia Tech junior day visit. So much so in fact, the Hokies are at the top of the list for the 4-star Scott County HS (Georgetown, KY) offensive lineman.
"I would say right now Virginia Tech is definitely at the top of my list right now," Hudson told The Key Play after his trip. "This visit really helped me realize that and get closer to the coaches. So they're definitely up there."
During the trip Hudson spent time one-on-one with offensive line coach Vance Vice and head coach Justin Fuente. Hudson noted he's built a good relationship with Vice — who fondly reminds him of a youth coach of his — over the last year-or-so.
He also heard the head Hokie's plan for how he could be a multi-sport athlete at Tech. Hudson is an accomplished discus and shot put thrower, so Fuente's willingness for him to compete on Tech's track team was well received.
"I love him," Hudson said of Fuente. "As a coach, I love the way he approaches the game, and his attitude and mentality towards his players and the team. As a person, I love the times I've gotten to sit down and talk to him. He seems very genuine and very honest with me and my family. I really like him a lot."
The 6-5, 305 pounder typically straps it up at left tackle for Scott County, but Tech hasn't recruited him for a specific position along the o-line. Although, he's willing to play, "anywhere they need me".
"I just love the physical aspect of it," said Hudson of offensive line play. "When I was younger my favorite position was actually the defensive line. That was because, you know when people ask what they like about football and what they like about defense, defense is where they get to hit people. When I got to high school and where I was only playing offense, my freshman year, I realized how offensive line is so physical. It takes somebody that really has a passion to play football to play because it's so physically demanding play after play. You know to move 250-, 300-pound guys out of the way. With that being your only objective every play, go defeat this one or two guys. I just love playing it."
Scott County employs a run-heavy Wing T scheme and run blocking is Hudson's self-described strength. This offseason he's working to enhance his pass protection skills and develop more as dominant player in space.
Thus far, Virginia Tech, Kentucky, LSU, and Louisville have recruited him the hardest and stayed in contact with him the most.
In addition to the four aforementioned programs, Florida, Tennessee, and Oklahoma are in the picture for his services. The 247Sports Composite 4-star plans to decide among his 20 offers before his senior campaign, sometime in July or August.
"A lot could happen, and a lot could change, but right now they are (at the top)," he added about the Hokies' pole position.
Along with academics and the amount of scholastic support he'd receive, a program with longstanding tradition situated in a college town are important factors in Hudson's ultimate decision.
"I really want to go to a school that's a football school, that has tradition, and not only to the team and the players, but football meant something to whole community," he said.
Whether he got that sense when he visited Blacksburg.
"Absolutely I did."